Thank you, sir. And she called my name. And from that point my mother asked him, she said, "How can we go about searching for him so that we see him" and the boy told her that I was at Lungi. He told her that it was at Lungi that they took all of us to and the boy told her that if she can endeavour to pay the transport fare for both of them to go to Lungi, he too will endeavour to go with her and then the following day my mother asked him to join her. So they crossed over the ferry and they went.
And when they got to Lungi they went straight to the camp and at that time they had given us to foster parents and the man that I was staying with, he was called Mr Osman. I was there when somebody went and told us that my mother had come and then I said it was a lie because I said at that moment I did not know where my mother was and where my other family members were, but the boy said, "No, your mother has come". And I told the boy, say, "Look, I am not going there. If you are sure that my mother has come then she will send somebody to come and pick me up". Then the boy went back and told her that he told me but I did not believe.
So the two of them joined a motorbike and then they went and met me and they told me that my mother indeed has come. And I asked them, "What is the name of my mother? I will not want you to take me to someone else and give me to that person and say that person is my mother". Then they called my mother's name and indeed it was my mother's name so I told them, "Okay, let's go". But at that time I did not know her any more and she too did not know me any more.
So my - two of us had been given to that foster parent, so they took the two of us there. So when we went we sat down and the boy told my mother that these are the two boys. Then my mother advanced on the other boy and grabbed him and he said, "This is my son" and then they asked, "What is the name of your son?" Then she called the name and I started crying and my mother too was crying. We were there for a short moment and they prepared all my documents so that I will join my mother so that the two of us go.
We joined a vehicle. We went and crossed over to Freetown and when we got to Freetown I asked her, I said, "Oh, mother, what next do you have in mind because you met me there and I was going to school". I told her that I would want her to send me to school, but she told me she did not have money and I told her, "I will not be able to live with you if you don't have money to send me to school" and I told her, "Look, I would rather decide to go to the village" and when I went I met my aunt there.
My aunt too told me that she did not have money, so I was now there and at some point in time the Caritas people still went there. They met me there. And they asked me whether I was going to school. I told them no. And from that point they started paying for me again. They sent me to school. I was there up to Class 1, Class 2, Class 4 and Class 5 and when I got to Class 6 I wrote my NPSC exams. I passed the exams and from that point the Special Court people too went there in search of people who would be willing to give statements to them, just as I am testifying here. They too from that point took up my responsibility. They sent me to school. They bought books for me and each year they would go and pay my school fees, but it was only at the latter part in 2005 that they did not pay for me.
So I said instead of sitting in Makeni idling I decided to go to Kono and when I went to Kono, I used to go and take petty businesses from people. If somebody was selling an item for 15,000 I would go and take that item from that person and I would go and sell the item for 17,000 and I would make small profit out of it and I would go and return the person's money and take my profit. That was what I was doing up until the time when they sent for me again for me to come and testify here.