Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Screening update

Mercy Ships is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred today during medical screening at the Freetown National Stadium when a crowd stormed the gate resulting in several injuries and one life lost.

Mercy Ships personnel working at the site attended the injured and accompanied them to local hospitals.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the individuals and families of those affected by today's events. The occurrence of this incident in the course of activities intended to restore lives is tragic. We move forward with tremendous sadness, but great determination, to assist as many people as possible in the next ten months," stated Mercy Ships Founder, Don Stephens.

Mercy Ships exists to serve the forgotten poor and has served Sierra Leone five times over the past two decades, also helping establish two land-based health care facilities. For the next ten months, Mercy Ships will be providing surgeries for qualified patients while working alongside the Sierra Leonean Government to support its five-year healthcare plan and strengthen the functions of the national health system.

Please keep the people of Sierra Leone and the Mercy Ships crew in your prayers, not just today but in the months to come"

There is an intensly personal account of the day from one of the nurses at the screening on her blog here.


Blogging The Rock said...
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Blogging The Rock said...

Hi Tommy and Sarah, we heard the news from Samuel and Amy and are really sorry. I hope that things have started to come back on track since then.

We would love to prayer for you guys at our church prayer meeting next Thurs (17 March) - could you send us some prayer points (personal and for the crew/situation in Sierra Leone).

My email address is rob@therock.org.za

We really are missing you guys.

Much love

rob & Linda