Guinea: Church Medical Workers Killed Trying to Help Stop Spread of Ebola Virus


Date:  2014-09-26

By Michael Ireland
Special Reporter, ASSIST News Service

DULUTH, MN (ANS) -- Eight health workers from the Upper Midwest were killed by the very residents of Guinea they were trying to save. One of the victims was a pastor and a clinic administrator with ties in Duluth,MN.

Moses Mamy went to Guinea to help stop spread of Ebola
(Photo courtesy WDIO-DT website).

According to Emily Haavik, writing for the web presence of WDIO-DT,(  which covers news, weather, and sports for Duluth, Superior, Iron Range, Upper Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Moses Mamy started Hope Medical Center Guinea a decade ago with his co-founder, Jon Erickson. The clinic partners with the Duluth Gospel Tabernacle's medical missions in neighboring Liberia.

Haavik reports that Ann Fure, who works with the Liberia team, said Mamy and Erickson started Hope Medical Center out of a need for good medical care.

"They both saw that sometimes people will go to get help from a nurse or from a hospital and maybe they were given the wrong medicine or the wrong dose of medicine and people were dying unnecessarily," she said.

WDIO said that in addition to the clinic, Mamy and Erickson also started churches and schools. They seemed to act wherever they saw a need. So when Mamy saw people dying from a lack of education about Ebola, he did what he'd always done-figured out a way to help.

"He decided to form a team and to go out and try to inform people about what Ebola was and how to prevent its spread," Erickson said.

WDIO reported that Mamy's group brought water, soap and bleach from village to village. Ann Fure said they were well received until last Tuesday.

"Most of them were receptive and took to heart what they had to say," she said. "But this last village, they thought they were bringing Ebola instead of bringing help, and so they started stoning and attacked the people."

WDIO reports that in the village of Womey, residents attacked the group with knives and rocks. Mamy and seven other people were killed.

The station said Albert Damantang Camara, Guinea's minister of technical education, said the attackers didn't make a distinction among journalists, officials and health workers.

"They just say, 'This delegation has come here to kill us, to bring us the virus, to lie about what happened in other places of the forest region, and we have to kill them,'" he said.

WDIO went on to report that on Friday, Guinea's government said that six people had been arrested in connection with the killings.

Mamy leaves behind his wife, Nowei, and five children, but that's not all, WDIO said.

"What I would like him to be remembered (for) is his generous heart," said Erickson. "He really wanted to help the whole man. Body, soul and spirit."

WDIO said Mamy did just that. He leaves behind a legacy of one clinic, three schools and 20 churches.

Donations for Mamy's family or for Hope Medical Center Guinea can be brought in or mailed to the Duluth Gospel Tabernacle at 1515 West Superior Street in Duluth, MN 55806.

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