Benessa, Finding Joy

When Benessa was born, her mother had a simple wish for her daughter’s life.

“I want her to be like a diamond — to shine bright,” she said.

Unfortunately for most of Benessa’s life, the light inside her was overshadowed by the neurofibroma growing on her face.

When she was just a baby, her parents noticed a small lump and dark hairs growing above her left eye. By the time she was five years old, Benessa’s neurofibroma was drooping over her forehead like a sac and beginning to dislocate her eye.

Over time, more lumps started to develop on her … Continue reading

Current situation of “Mercy Ship” during global COVID-19.

Dear collaborator,

The hospital ship, the Africa Mercy has recently arrived at the port of Granadilla, Spain after having served eight months in the port of Dakar, Senegal.

While docked in Granadilla, pre-planned annual maintenance will be performed on the ship. Since 2009, this maintenance has been regularly performed and the Africa Mercy has become a familiar site in the Santa Cruz area.

This is the first time the ship has docked in Granadilla for annual maintenance. Our goal is for the Africa Mercy to be fully prepared to return to Africa as soon as the global COVID-19 situation has … Continue reading


The evolving situation of COVID-19, highlighted by the WHO as a pandemic and the increasing travel restrictions applied by several countries, have made it impossible for Mercy Ships to continue to carry out its programs to the required standards, while protecting against the possible spread of the virus.

Therefore, in line with the measures taken by the President of Senegal and in consultation with the Ministry of Health, Mercy Ships has reviewed the activities associated with the Africa Mercy and made the decision to suspend the programmatic activities in Senegal.

The main concerns of Mercy Ships are the … Continue reading

Mafoudiya’s smile never shined brighter.

Country: Guinea, Age: 2

Because of her cleft lip, some children in her village would ridicule Mafoudiya— even calling her cursed. Her poor mother worried the deformity would affect her daughter’s entire future. She could only hope and pray for a miracle.

Smile, confidence restored

Mafoudiya’s mother heard about Mercy Ships and learned that the Africa Mercy was sailing into the capital of Guinea. She knew this was the answer to her prayers—her one chance to find hope and healing for her … Continue reading

N’nady’s entire life and future

Country: Guinea, Age: 14 years

Meet N’nady

Every step was excruciating. The aches in her joints were unbearable. But the teasing hurt even more. Fourteen-year-old N’nady’s entire life and future were framed by two severely bowed legs.

A family’s fight of faith

When N’nady was 8, her older brother—who also had bowed legs—was able to receive free corrective orthopedic surgery onboard our hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. At the time, N’nady was located too remote to access the ship. She would have to wait. So, the personal ridicule continued. “I … Continue reading