Abass Sesay was child during the Sierra Leone civil war, like many children, When he was 3 years old, he heard shot. His grand mum was killed and as for him, both body sides and right arm ware shot. He was saved but lost his arm.
During an interview, he was asked if he had grudge toward to the person who shot him and the person who caused war ?
“No, I haven’t. I can forgive them, however I can’t forget war. I have a symbol of the war on my right arm.”
Like many, Abass Sesay didn’t give up, after the war, he enrol in university to further his education. He was among those that recently graduated from the University of Sierra Leone. He shared a post that got the attention of social media users across the country reacting to the post
“A piece dedicated to all who feels Despair and Afraid.
Masters of War.
Bore under the darkness that awakes the shadows of the night laid a little boy on the arms of his mother who had loved him even before his heart was formed, hands with the tenderness that can lay all the chaos of the world to rest, her mind became a cathedral giving thanks and praises for such a beautiful boy. “Abass” she whispered my name to echo the land she loves.
Mama, so happy to see her little toddler tipping his toes, learning to say his first words, his mindset afree, it could journey beyond the edge of the earth. But then, the horror came. Masters of War, With their shackles mentality cuff in chains they came bringing horror at our doorsteps, set into display their art of chaos, they use booms and explosives to rain down colorful terror, you came killing dreams for what?
Well, here is the real cost of the “Blood Diamond Sierra Leone.” I find myself hiding in my own little space, alone and afraid to look at myself in the face, I lose a hand to this senseless war but Mama loose far worse; her Husband and mother were killed, as if it was not enough she was stripped of her confidence, Esteem devours, Mama was raped. No wonder she suffers this mood swing, for I can but only imagine how much pain she disguises so well just to give a little hope to her dimming star, once this beauty the moment she saw me breath.
Truth is, though I have been casualties in many battles even after the war, I was never angry nor afraid to become who I was meant to be. Like a nightmare they invaded my dreams and even though I slumber in my sleep I still have to hold on to these dreams for they told me change was coming and eventually it did.” He said
Social media users including celebrity took on social media sharing his post, popular musician and philanpropist Nasser Ayoub said,
“Super proud of this young man. I don’t know him -As a child, his arm was amputated by rebels during the SierraLeone civil war, Yesterday he graduated from university in #SierraLeone— Dont let nothing stop you !”