Fatmata was originally in the providence of Kono with her parents. When the rebels attacked Kono, she fled with her family to the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown. In 1999, she lost both of her parents in the city of Wellington. She found a woman who took her in, and went to the Clinetown Camp for displaced people.
Months later, she and the lady who was taking care of her were sent to Grafton. But the lady said she had her own family and couldn’t take care of her anymore. So, Fatmata stayed in Grafton on her own. She used to sleep in the cinema when she was found and connected to Margaret.