STORIES

Meet Kevin Abrahams

My name is Kevin Abrahams and I am a fitter mechanic on board the Africa Mercy. My journey started when the Africa Mercy came to Cape Town some years ago and was docked at the Waterfront.  One day I decided to tour the ship with my grandson to see what it was all...

Standing Tall: Ulrich’s Story

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” someone asked 12-year-old Ulrich. “I want to be tall like my friends,” he answered with a smile. Even experienced nurses onboard the Africa Mercy had never seen a case quite like Ulrich’s.  He was born with dislocated knees...

Salematu’s Miracle

It all started with a toothache. Salematu was 24 when she first noticed the pain in her mouth. As a first-year nursing student, she knew she should go to the dentist, but she was struggling. She had just lost her husband unexpectedly, leaving her with two young...

Rekindled Dreams: Samory’s Story

Samory never imagined that neglecting a toothache would result in a facial tumor that threatened to take away his dreams and his life. Four years after the toothache began, the once healthy 25-year-old was a shell of who he once was, as his tumor grew and his...

Meet Walter Pretorius

“Skilled or unskilled, medical professional or not, Mercy Ships has a role for everyone with the right calling.” If you thought Mercy Ships only recruits volunteers with medical qualifications, meet Walter Pretorius. Originally an accountant, he held a series of...

Claire’s Path to Freedom

For a barely four-foot-tall woman named Claire, social rejection was a daily reality. The focus of this negative attention was an enormous goiter hanging conspicuously from her neck like a sack of oranges. In the chaos of the street market in Pointe Noire, Congo,...

A Weight Off His Shoulders

Jean Bosco is a farmer. Just north of Congo’s capital city of Brazzaville, fields bear the mark of his honest labor – hectares of cassava, gardens of blooming eggplant and tomato, and lime and mango trees providing welcoming shade from the African sun. Jean and his...

Mairamou’s New Beginning

Mairamou should have been excited about her future … a sparkling, joy-filled future. And she had been excited for a while. She and her husband had eagerly anticipated the birth of their first child. But after a long, painful labor, she lost the baby. The tragedy was...

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