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Grace from Above: Mercy Air Supports Africans in Need


THE MISSION


From 1977 to 1992, the Mozambican Civil War was a bloody battle to control the African nation. The war was fought between Mozambique’s ruling Marxist Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO), anti-communist insurgent forces of the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), and a number of smaller factions.


The Mozambican Civil War destroyed much of Mozambique’s critical rural infrastructure including hospitals, rail lines, roads, and schools. Additionally, according to estimates, as many as one million Mozambicans were killed in the fighting or starved due to interrupted food supplies; an additional five million were displaced across the region.


In 1990, Mercy Air was born out of this conflict as a Christian initiative operating as a fixed-wing missionary program. The airplanes were initially used to provide relief and support to refugees fleeing Mozambique along the border of South Africa. Due to rebels and the poor security situation in the region, moving people and supplies via ground vehicles was too risky.


In 2004, Mercy Air decided to add helicopters to its operations. Rotorcraft not only enhanced the aviation operation’s capability, but also significantly expanded the geographic locations it could serve.


The official mission of Mercy Air is to provide aid and assistance to indigent rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa regardless of gender, ethnicity, nationality or religious persuasion.


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