Alusine's father was killed by the rebels during the war while Alusine was away. When the rebels came to Freetown in January 1999, Ausine, his mom and brother fled to the west part of Freetown.
He and his brother went out to find food, and when he came back, his mother was gone. They went on their own to the national stadium (which was a place where a lot of people went for safety). In the stadium, they found their grandmother and stayed with her. Someone told them they saw their mother dead.
Their grandmother got them registered as her own and was able to secure some food for them. Alusine started to go to school for free. But to start secondary school, fees were required for tuition, and his grandmother was unable to pay. It was then that Alusine met Margaret and asked for help. Margaret took him in at that time. It is unclear how Alusine was separated from his twin brother.
Alusine studied at the Institute of Management and Technology. He received his diploma from the institute, and is awaiting results of his university entrance exam to begin pursuing a degree in business management in the fall. He was reunited with his brother and they currently live together. Alusine recently lost his sponsor but through general funding remains under the support of the 25 Project.