Mariatu Kamara was born in 1986, in the small village of Magborou in Sierra Leone. As a 12-year-old child during the civil war in Sierra Leone, she had both her hands cut off by rebels with the Revolutionary United Front. She made her way, with the help of strangers and peace keepers, to a hospital in the capital, Freetown. There, she discovered that she was pregnant, having been raped by a village man named Salieu, just days before the rebels invaded. Salieu was twice her age. At the displaced people’s camp in Freetown, Mariatu gave birth to a son, whom she named Abdul. Sadly, the child died when he was 10 months old due to malnutrition.