Alliance Church Leader among Ebola Team Members Killed in Guinea Over Tragic Misunderstanding


Date:  2014-09-25

By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (ANS) -- Rev. Moise Mamy and seven others in an Ebola education delegation were killed by villagers in southern Guinea on Sept. 16 or 17 2014.

Moise Mamy and his wife.
(Courtesy CAMA )

According to a news release from Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), government officials and news reporters were also among those who died.

A story by Abby Phillip of The Washington Post reported that last Friday six suspects were arrested.

The Washington Post said the depths of the fear that could provoke such an attack are hard to understand, but it is partly fueled by the fact that Ebola has hit hardest in Guinea in a remote, conflict-laden part of the country.

Wome is located in Guinea's forestière region -- a densely forested, mountainous and resource -rich area where villagers have long settled their own affairs.

CAMA said Mamy was a member of the Eau de Vie (Water of Life) Ebola awareness team, a ministry of CAMA, (CAMA), the relief and development arm of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA).

In addition, Mamy was an evangelist and district superintendent of the CMA church among the Mano, the people group of his ethnic origin.

CAMA said he was also the executive secretary of Eau de Vie and cofounder of Hope Clinic, a CAMA-initiated medical and surgical facility that provides treatment for villagers in southern Guinea who otherwise would have no access to medical care.

"Many places accepted (the awareness team's) teaching,: wrote Jon Erickson, an Alliance international worker and close friend of Mamy, with whom he cofounded Hope Clinic, "but some villagers had heard a rumor that the (bleach they were distributing), which kills the Ebola virus, was actually the virus itself."

In the ensuing chaos, the team members were attacked and killed. The BBC reported that the bodies were recovered from a septic tank at the local primary school.

Mamy is survived by his wife and five grown children.

CAMA shares the hope of Jesus Christ in word and deed through development projects, medical care, microenterprise initiatives, and disaster relief. Forty-five U.S.-based CAMA workers serve in 13 countries.

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