Mohamed was born in 2009. His aunt does not know the exact date of his birth so we celebrate his birthday on January 1st. Mohamed 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.
Mohamed lived with his father and stepmother. Both his father and stepmother are woodcutters. His mother lives in the provinces and is jobless. Since the divorce of his parents, Mohamed's mother has behaved like a mad woman so he does not receive any motherly love from her. His stepmother mistreats him so severely that Mohamed now chooses to sleep on the streets. He does not get adequate food and his other basic needs are not met. Realizing this, Mohamed found work helping people sell their groundnuts at the Tombo market and he also helps transports loads around the park for business people.
He has never been to school due to the lack of funds to pay for school tuition, uniform, school supplies and other school fees. He would love to return to school given the opportunity. Mohamed would like to be the president of Sierra Leone one day.