Michaela De Prince dancing
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The girl who went from war-torn orphan to professional ballerina

25 July 2012 Last updated at 11:03 BST

Michaela De Prince was left orphaned in war-torn Sierra Leone after her mother starved to death and her father was murdered.

14 years later, she is performing her first professional role, and hopes her story will inspire other young people to follow their dreams.

Nomsa Maseko reports.