Mohamed lives in the very poor fishing village of Tombo. Tombo is located on the western coastline and is a major hub for fish trade and transport. The town is known for its deeply religious Islamic faith. Because of the poor conditions and the bodies of water that surround Tombo, diseases such as Malaria, Typhoid and Cholera run rampant.
After his parent's divorce, Mohamed was left with his aunt. His aunt is a fish trader, and provides a very limited income on which they must survive.
Realizing that his aunt cannot provide sufficiently for his basic needs, Mohamed has chosen to get involved with gambling which is rampant in his community. According to Mohamed, he has been living this lifestyle since the divorce of his parents.
Mohamed was attending school until his parent's divorce. Since their divorce, they have not supported him in any way, including the fees required for his schooling. His aunt does not have sufficient funds to send him to school. Mohamed's desire is to leave behind his lifestyle and go back to school.