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Photo journal: Sierra Leone amputee

The rebels cut off my hand on 22 January 1999 in the capital, Freetown. I heard the rebels were coming and tried to hide in a building but they caught me.

They put my left hand on a table and chopped it off with a machete.

I begged for mercy and asked them to think of God. They told me to point to God with my right hand and they tried to chop that off, too.

They tried three times but could not cut it off. But I cannot use three fingers on my right hand.

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