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The epitome of resilience

Published:Saturday | March 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Clifton Williams demonstrates how he cuts the coconut for sale.- Photo by Mark Titus

Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Clifton Williams may have lost his left hand during a physical altercation seven years ago, but he is determined to beat the odds and provide for his family.

Williams travels from Maroon Town in the hills of south St James to the Old Fort Craft Market in downtown Montego Bay on a daily basis to sell jelly coconuts and other refreshments to tourists who visit the facility.

"I cannot continue looking at the incident of seven years ago. I have my family to take care of," said the 47-year-old father of three.

"There are times when no tourist comes here, but I cannot bear to hear my family say they are in need and not being able to respond, so this is where I am on a daily basis."

Added Williams: "It is not unusual for me to go home with a US$15 for the week, but by Monday morning, I am at it again because it is what responsible men do. We stand up to our responsibility."

His setback has not prevented him from continuing his much-loved trade of construction work.

"I still am able to do steel work, but construction projects are on the decline ... . So we have to satisfy with the one and two tourist that spend something with you."