Last year in Salone I could form a special bond with a young girl called Sia. Our relationship started with me taking a picture of her on the streets (see full story here and here) and finished with a true happy ending because of many people's openness to God's leading.
This story below is another heart warming one from our ship's writer, who gets to spend lots of time with these precious people and is able to convey their stories in a powerful way.
"Go down two flights of stairs on the Africa Mercy, and you’ll find you’ve stepped out of a ship and into a busy buzzing hospital. On the wards you’ll find kids playing, doctors praying, patients visiting, and plenty of African music. Listen . . . you’ll hear conversations in English echoed by translators in French or one of Guinea’s three local languages – the chatter forms a background like white noise.
One would expect that a 13-year-old girl would be among the chattiest – but not Memouna.
|Thirteen-year-old Memouna is seen by Mercy Ships doctors on Screening Day on 3 September 2012.|
|Memouna’s tumor, a neurofibroma, covered the left side of her face.|
For years she was teased by her peers because of her appearance
|After her surgery, Memouna remained quiet, letting her sister and father do the talking for her.|
|Lynne (a Mercy Ships nurse) and Memouna dance on the docks.|
|Here, Memouna is all giggles with Africa Mercy Writer, Catherine Murphy.|
The removal of Memouna’s tumor marks the beginning of physical . . . and spiritual . . . healing."