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date: 26 February 2020

Kamara-Umunna, Agnes Fallah locked

(1967– ), activist,
  • Jeremy Rich

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was born in Monrovia, Liberia on 2 October 1967 to Lucy and Joseph Kamara, the latter of whom was a doctor. Kamara-Umunna’s parents separated before she was two years old. Her mother then remarried and took Kamara-Umunna to Sierra Leone to live with her stepfather, Reginald. They family lived in a small, poor, rural town in southeastern Sierra Leone called Kenema. While there, Kamara-Umunna befriended some United States Peace Corps volunteers stationed in the town. Her life was relatively stable until 1978, when Sierra Leone president Siaka Stevens’s rule grew more oppressive and government troops bombed the opponents of his ruling party located in Kenema.

She was then sent to Queen of the Rosary secondary school as a boarding student in 1980. It was during this time that Kamara-Umunna met her biological father for the first time since her early childhood. In 1984 she had her first ...

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