Osman was born in 2007. His mother does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Osman 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.
Osman's father is a woodcutter. Polygamy is not uncommon in Sierra Leone so his father has two wives. On a daily basis, the family enters the Tombo Forest to cut down trees and fetch other wood. They then transport the wood on their backs or head to sell it in the Tombo community. The family then walks miles away to neighboring villages to sell the remaining wood. Wood selling is a low income-earning job, so his parents cannot sufficiently support the family. They cannot provide sufficient food or even meet the family's basic needs. Osman, realizing his constraints for food, goes out into the Tombo Forest on his own to gather and transport his own wood for selling.
Osman was going to school but was forced to stop when his father married his second wife. His great desire is to return school if given the opportunity. Osman would like to be a doctor in the future.