Mohamed has come a long way since losing his leg at the age of five. Today, at 18, he lives independently with fellow amputees and has played football for Sierra Leone at the African National Cup for Amputees.
His way, however, was a difficult one. His leg was amputated in a rebel attack on his village during Sierra Leone’s bloody civil war. The situation was chaotic. He and some other children tried to run away, but were caught, exposed to brutal torture and murder and ultimately attacked with a machete. They did the job so messily that the amputated section was still partly attached.
Mohammed was separated from his family and friends, wounded and alone, until he was found by the Red Cross who saved his life and brought him to a hospital in Freetown. However, all alone, Mohamed had no-where to stay and no-one to go to. He lived on the street, begging to survive. In 2011, he started playing amputee football, which brought some joy into his life and increased his self-worth. And in January 2012, Mohamed joined our project. He received a prosthetic leg, educational support, counselling and housing support.
Today, Mohamed is hopeful about his future and dreams of helping amputees: “I know other people still have no legs, and if I am a doctor I can help them.” However, having missed out on basic education in childhood, Mohamed’s way ahead is still long. He is about to start an apprenticeship to develop his skills. With your help, we can keep supporting Mohamed to get closer to his dream of helping others.
Read an in-depth interview with Mohamed here, where he tells his story in his own words.