Well, I would say I’ve been really blessed and lucky because children in conflict areas rarely get de-traumatized and realize their greatest potential, because of the horror they experience. In the case of Sierra Leone, you’ve seen all of these horrendous act orchestrated right in front of you. It is very difficult sometimes to psychologically depart from those experiences. For me, I was lucky that in the communities that I lived in, people were supportive and we had Christian organizations, government itself, all the international partners, that made effort in transforming our lives through education and through counseling.
At the end of the war, the government also made an effort in providing free education for victims of the conflict. I was able to take advantage of that opportunity and I got myself educated. I also put in all the energy that I had, because I wanted to change my story. And then I was fortunate enough to perform very well in my terminal exam, which also gave me the opportunity to be selected for a bursary with the Russian government. So I went to the Russian Federation when I was a teenager. I went to a society that was quite different from mine. But the innate strength that I developed during the war made it quite possible for me to live through the difficulties of Russia. And I was able to be obtain some qualifications. And then I got a job. The same attitude of hard work, the same attitude of endurance, patience, humility. I was also able to perform very well in all the jobs that I had working in different communities. And that is why, in fact, I speak several languages, because everywhere I find myself, I try to socialize very well and to be part of that society. And when you are part of a society, you perform very well. But if you feel that you’re not part of the society, then you find it very difficult to realize your greatest opportunities. And so going through from being a child soldier to where I am today, it’s been resilience. Hard work. Fate. God.