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Man's family escapes death in Liberia, partners with Johns Island church

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - "Q" Karmue has a story worthy of Hollywood.

When he was eight years old, Quanu Quanei Karmue, known as "Q" says members of his family, which included his mother and four siblings, were trying to escape from Liberia, West Africa, amidst civil war in the country.

His father was already in the United States.

According to Karmue, soldiers forced his mother to choose between her life or those of her children. 

She chose to save her children.

While in the killing field, he says his mother relied on her faith, asking God to spare her life.  In return, she offered to foster children without parents in their lives.

Her prayers were answered.

In 1993, Karmue and his family fled to the United States, starting a second life in America.  His mother became a registered nurse, while Q earned a degree from the Savannah College of Arts and Design, also earning a Master's Degree while in Tennessee.

Today, Karmue's parents both live in Liberia, fostering 44 children in their home. Now, he's launched a campaign called "Save More Kids," which offers educational support, food, and supplies to children in Liberia.

"I saw myself in their eyes because I felt like there was more there. It could have been me."

Saturday, "Save More Kids" will launch it's first lowcountry campaign, an emergency ebola relief drive, for his native Liberia, one of the countries hardest hit by the epidemic.

November statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, say that of the more than 5000 ebola casualties, 2,836 were in Liberia.

From 11 AM until 3 PM, organizers will collect food an supplies at Church of Christ at Johns Island, at 2850 Murraywood Road.

Among their requests are rice, canned goods, bottled water, cold and cough medicine, aspirin, anti-diarrhea medicine, latex gloves, bleach, sterile gowns, face masks, and hand sanitizer.

To learn more about Karmue's story you can go to savemorekids.org a site that also features Karmue's organization which helps children in Liberia. 

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