Aminata Conteh-Biger is an Australian author and performer who is the Founder and CEO of The Aminata Maternal Foundation charity. At the age of 18, Aminata was kidnapped, torn from her father's hands by rebel soldiers during the Serra Leone civil war. Held captive for months and subjected to horrors, Aminata was freed as part of a negiotiated prisoner exchange, released in return for food and medicine. Following her release, Aminata became one of the first Sierra Leonean refugees to be settled in Australia. She is now a wife and mother, dedicating her life to the work of the foundation. Her autobiography, Rising Heart, tells her awe-inspiring story in full for the first time.