Mariatu Kamara, author, UNICEF Canada’s Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, humanitarian and activist (born 25 May 1986 in Yonkro, Sierra Leone). Mariatu Kamara, a survivor of the civil war in Sierra Leone, immigrated to Canada in 2002. Since moving to Canada, she has worked with Free The Children and UNICEF Canada to promote the rights of women and children and highlight the impact of war on children. Her memoir, The Bite of the Mango (2008), has won several awards. Founder of the Mariatu Foundation, Kamara was named a Voices of Courage Honoree by the Women’s Refugee Commission in 2009.