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  1. (CNN) — Sara lives in Sierra Leone and just wants to go to school.

She left her village and her family to live with an aunt who is a teacher. Sara’s aunt supported her education and helped her study. Sara is now attending secondary school near her village and wants to go to college. She says she is going to be a lawyer.

“I want to be a superstar of Sierra Leone,” Sara says.

Sara is the exception among girls in Sierra Leone. During the country’s decade-long civil war, many schools were destroyed. Families were often forced from their villages and now live in poverty. If they have the money to pay school fees, many girls still miss out on an education simply because a family usually will choose to send a boy to school before a girl.