Memunatu Mansaray imitates the Statue of Liberty, America's symbol of freedom, during a charity boat tour. She came to the United States with a group of Sierra Leonean war amputees to receive prosthetic limbs in 2000. They had endured rebel brutality, but their vitality and spirit remained intact. Photo by Carol Guzy/Freelance
Carol Guzy is an American staff photographer at the Washington Post. She is the only journalist to have won four Pulitzer Prizes. Her work has also been recognized by three National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year awards, eight White House News Photographers Association Photographer of the Year awards, and a Leica Medal of Excellence.
"Four-year-old Memunatu Mansaray, known as Memuna, was among eight Sierra Leonean children brought to the United States in 2000 to receive prostheses for amputations suffered in the West African nation's civil war. New York doctor Matthew Mirones made this humanitarian act possible when he started a program to fit the children with new limbs.
"Memuna, now Memunatu Mansaray McShane, lives in Washington, DC with her adopted family. She loves soccer and plays easily with her siblings Michael and Molly. The family fits like a glove. She has discovered drawing, ice-skating, sledding, and acting in school plays.
"She is a radiant example of the good that can be accomplished by the small acts of a few compassionate people who are determined to make a difference. In these dark and troubled times, it is a story of hope."