Day-crew translators are instrumental in deepening the relationship between patients and crew onboard the Africa Mercy. Amadou Diallo, one of the translators onboard, can be found on the dock, in the wards, or at the HOPE Center interacting with patients and their caregivers as if he is a part of their family.
His love for the people he serves is evident as he describes the heart behind what he does:
“I put myself in the patients' shoes, I speak the same language as them. Patients who arrive on the dock for surgery have generally not had much contact with society—their difference has often excluded and isolated them. In Mercy Ships’ mission, we all set the same goal with the same values and we all feel the result of our efforts when we see a patient smile. I have had a good day,” he continues, “when I have made a positive impact on someone’s life.”