Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri Missionary Takes Shelter in Monrovia

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri Missionary Takes Shelter in Monrovia

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When five Catholic missionaries from Ruma, Ill., died in Liberia's civil war in 1992, Father Mike Moran made the journey to recover the bodies.

Today, Moran, of Springfield, Mo., is one of about 470 Americans, many of them missionaries, caught up in a resumption of the civil war in the capital, Monrovia, in which scores of Liberians have been killed in the last four days.

By Wednesday, with a cease-fire apparently in effect, Moran and dozens of others took shelter in Monrovia's Catholic Hospital. "He says he's in good shape," said Father Douglas Gilbert, provincial superior of Moran's religious community, the Society of African Missions in Springfield, Mo. Gilbert, along with Moran and many of the S.M.A. Fathers, had worked closely in Liberia with the martyred missionaries - Sisters Shirley Kolmer, Joel Kolmer, Agnes Mueller, Barbara Ann Muttra and Kathleen McGuire - of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Ruma. It was unclear Wednesday whether any other Missourians or Illinoisans were among the Americans in Liberia last weekend when the fighting resumed. U.S. helicopters had evacuated 300 people, including 61 Americans, by Wednesday afternoon, State Department officials in Washington said. Many of the Americans were unable to make their way to the U.S. Embassy grounds, where military helicopters were landing and taking off with evacuees. The evacuees were flown to Freetown in Sierra Leone or to Dakar in Senegal. Their identities and hometowns were unavailable. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ has no missionaries in Liberia now, but about a dozen American, British and Irish priests of the S.M.A. Fathers are still working in the country. Moran is the regional superior, supervising the evacuation of those who want to go, and probably will be the last to leave. "This is Mike's third time seeing an evacuation," said Gilbert, who, like other leaders of missionary and humanitarian groups, has been monitoring the Liberian situation occasionally through phone calls and sporadic communications through ham radio operators. …

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