Isatu’s mother was killed in 2004 while farming when she struck a bomb that had been left unexploded from the war. Following her mother’s death, she went to live with her aunt. Her father did not want Isatu to leave him, however he gave in when the aunt insisted Isatu live with her.
While living with the aunt, Isatu’s father passed away in a car accident. In the days following his death, her aunt began badly mistreating her. Isatu had a grandmother living in Grafton, and decided to leave the aunt to get away. She came to Grafton with hopes of living with her grandmother, but she soon found herself with no home. She began harvesting ground nuts for money and would sleep in the cinema each night.
One night in 2006, Margaret saw Isatu in the cinema and learned of her story. Margaret gave the invitation for Isatu to come live with her and has lived with Margaret ever since.
Isatu is in Senior Secondary Class IV at the War Wounded Academy.