Human cost

Fina Kamara, a farmer from Sierra Leone, had her hand chopped off in an ambush by rebels in 1997. This photo of her with her artificial arm was taken in October 1999 in an amputee camp in the country's capital Freetown. The picture forms part of a new book, Women and War, by Jenny Matthews, published by Pluto Press in association with ActionAid. Kamara's sister, husband and grandfather were all killed in the ambush, in which 10 people died. She is one of the few amputees to use her artificial hand to tend to potato patches in the camp. An ActionAid programme in Sierra Leone trains women such as Kamara in new skills such as hairdressing, tailoring, masonry and carpentry.

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