A mother has called for national prayers over the growing number of crimes in Samoa today.
Mele Apo of Saoluafata is concerned that unless the country comes together to find a solution, this will only get worse. It means the future of Samoa is under threat.
The 60-year-old spoke to the Village Voice about this because of her love for her country.
“Let’s take a look at this day and age,” she said.
“Who knew that we would someday have victims that are 2, 3, 8 years old, 12 years old. To me that’s not old at all, they are still young.”
“Not only that; but the number of teenage pregnancies has increased.”
“I have six children of my own and I can’t imagine having them going through the problems that some kids are experiencing right now; it’s too painful.”
The mother noted that she is disturbed because some people are committing crimes as if it’s a game.
“All these problems began at home and most of us don’t even know when and although we consider ourselves to be perfect parents, sometimes the devil has a way of destroying your family without you realizing it.”
“So at the end of the day, it’s not the parents at fault, things happen because just like we have a God, we also have evil surrounding us.”
“Children, the youth can disobey their parents no matter how we teach them so that’s why we can’t always blame the parents when problems like these occur.”
At the moment, Mele collects sea urchins, shellfish to provide food for her family everyday.
“I do what I can for my family; it doesn’t have to be the same for everyone else. I believe that you can support them without whatever you have.”
“And I can only advice for us to be strong and have faith, there’s no perfect way of parenting, we all raise our kids in the best way that we can.”
“We just need to pray to God for help and hoping that our children will turn out okay in the future.”