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Mercy Ship Sails On From Liberia After Four-Year Rebuilding Effort
Date:12/17/2008

Liberian leaders pay tribute to Africa Mercy crew and commit to continue progress. Broadcast video of President Sirleaf's speech onboard the Africa Mercy, hi-res photos and general Mercy Ships footage are available for download with registration at www.mercyshipsnews.org or upon request.

Monrovia Liberia, December 17, 2008 -- The Africa Mercy pulled out of the Free Port of Monrovia, Liberia, this past weekend, wrapping up four years of assistance by Mercy Ships in the rebuilding of Liberia's infrastructure. The first visit of a Mercy Ship to the nation was in 2005 at the invitation of the United Nations, prior to free elections.

President Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President and Mrs. Boakai visited the ship prior to departure to thank the crew, to acknowledge the investment made by Mercy Ships and to pledge that progress will be continued.

"What we have seen, what we have experienced, what we have benefited from, is beyond what I could speak to," stated President Johnson Sirleaf. "We can only commit to you that we will try to ensure that what you started will be carried on, so it can forever be remembered that this came from a partner who brought resources, but also the caring," she added.

Over the past four years, Mercy Ships volunteer professionals offered free, specialized curative surgical intervention, health care infrastructure developmental assistance, and community based preventive health care programs benefiting thousands of individuals and many communities as the nation continues to recover from 14 years of conflict.

"We've made a significant impact on the surgical backlog from Liberia's civil war during our four y
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