War took its toll on Liberia nearly 14 years ago, and it is still creating adversity for many of its victims. Loss of loved ones, physical disabilities, and severe poverty are ongoing hardships for many Liberians.
Marcus Barchue and his family know all too well the effects of war. While fleeing the conflict, Marcus was partially paralyzed after being hit by a rocket. The rocket damaged his spinal cord, leaving his legs mostly inoperable. Life as a father now has a unique set of challenges.
Although Marcus can’t walk, he uses his hands to repair shoes and teach sign language. When he has enough money to purchase supplies, he also makes shoes to sell. Even though Marcus works diligently, his limited working abilities make it difficult to provide for his family. Aside from providing for his own six children, Marcus also takes care of his sister’s two children who lost their mother in the war.
While investigating needy situations in Liberia, CAM staff members found Marcus. He now receives food parcels through the International-Feed-A-Family program. Marcus is so grateful for the boost the food parcels give him and his family. When asked what items in the parcels they especially like, he said, “My little son likes the dried apples. I like the cornmeal.”