I encountered the boy in the blue shirt on my recent trip to Sierra Leone with The Peace Project. The boy is called Nicholas Kamara. Nicholas lives in the Melrose Orphanage in Sierra Leone. This is his story…
Nicholas was abandoned by his parents because of the size of his head. His parents wanted to kill him. They wrapped him in a white piece of cloth, put him in a basket, and journeyed to Kabala (in northern Sierra Leone).
His parents wanted to kill him because he wasn’t a real human being. They were taking Nicholas to Kabala where they planned to make a sacrifice of him.
After an unknown period of time, Nicholas was found in a public toilet. He’d been left there to die.
The majority of the disabled children who eventually find their way to the Melrose Orphanage are almost at the point of death when they are found abandoned in these kinds of extreme circumstances.
I am hoping to return to Sierra Leone at the earliest opportunity to find a way to be of service to these children.