"The rebels first killed all the adults, then grouped us children together and chopped off our hands with a machete", Adama Sumanh, 30 years old, from Kambia District, Sierra Leone
Adama was 8 years old when rebels attacked her village. The indiscriminate firing caused a stampede of people to flee to the surrounding jungle. All the adults that remained were all killed which is how Adama witnessed the murder of both her parents along with other adult neighbours she had known. Then she, along with approximately 20 other children were grouped together and systematically, each had a hand amputated with a machete. Adama was later rescued by her brother, who was one of those who had fled but it is still unknown how many of the other 19 children managed to survive the ordeal.
Adama is now the mother of a 10-year-old daughter and the goalkeeper of the Single Leg Amputee Sport Association (SLASA) football team. During the SwissLimbs mission to SLASA in Sierre Leone in May 2021 she received a hand tool and a cosmetic hand which matches her skin-tone has been ordered on her behalf.