Vrindavan, 2017.11.17 (Campakalata Fiorentino): Owner and manager of Radha Surabhi Goshala, German national Friederike Irina Bruning, known locally as Sudevi, is being granted a one-year extension for her visa after it was initially denied. Her service to the cows and the protests of those who value her service touched the hearts of the powers that be, who were able to somehow override the law that denied her visa.
And yet, she will face the same challenge again in just a year’s time. She hopes to get an X Visa which can be extended indefinitely, but in order to get this visa she is being told that she needs to be a home owner.
Daily, eight to ten cows are delivered to her goshala north of Radha Kund. During our one-hour visit, three arrived, two on one truck and one in another. All were injured, the third having sustained a ghastly laceration to her rear leg revealing some eight inches of bone. The filthy wound was filled with maggots. In our presence, Sudevi and her crew promptly attended to the suffering cow, giving her an injection of fever reducer, pain reliever and antibiotics, while simultaneously keeping her calm and tending to her wound.
The affection the cows have for her was visible during our brief visit. One calf would not leave her side, preferring to nuzzle close to her rather than eat with the other cows.
We are very grateful for all of you who supported her quest for a visa extension. We are praying that within the next year, more help with come to her in the form of a more stable and permanent visa so that she doesn’t have to face this same uncertainty each year.