Abu unfortunately never knew or remembers meeting his mother. His father was a businessman who traveled a great deal and could not be active in Abu’s life. Since he could not be there to raise Abu, his father was afraid something would happen to him. In 2002 his father sent him to a friend to be raised.
While with the friend of his father, Abu was able to attend school until class six. He was then sent to the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown, to stay with his uncle to attend secondary school. His uncle treated him very badly and so Abu left to live with friends to get away from him. As a result he could not continue in school due to the cost of the tuition and uniforms.
While he was in Freetown on his own, a friend told him of relatives in the town of Grafton. They both had heard Grafton might also be a place where children who were displaced could find someone to take them in.
Abu decided to go with his friend to find help and try to make a life there. Abu would wash cars to make money and buy food. Margaret learned about Abu and his story, and began helping him. Eventually Margaret invited Abu to come be a part of her family.
Abu is in Senior Secondary IV and is attending the Baptist Secondary Academy.