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The Boy with the Strong Spirit: Serigne’s Story

The Boy with the Strong Spirit: Serigne’s Story

In a village in northwest Senegal, the name Serigne holds great significance. It resonates with leadership and authority. Many people and establishments proudly bear this distinguished name throughout the village, symbolising a belief in their potential for greatness....

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Reuniting with Vanya, Years After Surgery

Reuniting with Vanya, Years After Surgery

In 2015, in an operating room on board the floating hospital of the Africa Mercy®, the course of Vanya’s life changed. Until then, the 11-year-old had spent her childhood challenged by windswept legs that curved sideways. The condition – often caused by a combination...

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Finding Light in the Darkness: Umu’s Story

Finding Light in the Darkness: Umu’s Story

Have you ever met someone whose eyes dance when they talk? That’s the very first thing everyone notices when they encounter 3-year-old Umu. Her aunt, Fatmata, has always been amazed by Umu's effortless ability to make friends, regardless of where she goes. “She’s a...

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From Crewmember to Caregiver

From Crewmember to Caregiver

Ngordy Sow was working as a national interpreter with Mercy Ships in his home country of Senegal when he received his next assignment. He was asked to care for a new patient, a young boy named Mamadou, who was on board the Africa Mercy® to receive surgery for a...

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Life-changing Healing for Samba

Life-changing Healing for Samba

After 56 years with a cleft lip, it took just a two-hour surgery to change Samba’s life. Samba, a widower with four children, worked as a cattle farmer in rural Senegal, where he faced discrimination due to his lifelong condition. He had grown used to his cleft lip...

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