Lamin was born in 2007. His aunt does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Lamin lives in the very poor fishing village of Tombo. Tombo is located on the western coastline of Sierra Leone 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.
Lamin lives with with his aunt who sells rice and soup from her home. Lamin's parents separated years ago, abandoning him. His aunt decided to help him even though her ability to support him is very limited. Realizing his constraints for food, Lamin found work organizing fish to be dried in a fish shack called Banda. Children working in a Banda are constantly exposed to the heavy smoke and the stench that gathers in the shack.
Lamin was attending school but stopped in Junior Senior Secondary I (JSS I) due to lack of funds to pay for tuition, uniforms, school supplies and other school fees. He would love to return to school if given the opportunity. Lamin would like to be an attorney in the future.