Tough life but Ioane soldiers on

By Aruna Lolani ,

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SELLING NIU FOR SUNDAY TOONAI: Ioane Amituana’i from the village of Lotofaga.

SELLING NIU FOR SUNDAY TOONAI: Ioane Amituana’i from the village of Lotofaga.

Last minute Father’s Day shopping kept most people occupied yesterday. 

This resulted in the streets of Apia becoming so crowded and busy. Items ranged from food and clothes to gift for fathers.

But not everyone will have the luxury of receiving presents today. 

For Ioane Amituanai yesterday was just another working day  that involved selling green coconuts and produces from their plantation.

The 42-year-old who is currently residing at Lotofaga told the Village Voice he was trying to earn some money for their Sunday feast (to’ana’i).

“There’s only a few people in my family; my wife, my daughter and my brother,” he said.

“So you see why I have to do this; it’s just a normal day for me, living my life.” 

“I only sell nius once a week but usually I’m working at the plantation every other day.”

Ioane said everything is going well in his village and in his family.

He has no issue with his way of earning a living except for the new type of problems that have occurred in our society recently.

“Hearing about the many cases and crimes regarding rape, murder especially incest really shocks me.”

“I guess you can say that I’m one of the people that have had too much pride for our country, never really expecting anything like this to happen.”

“I’m really surprised all these have become problems in our society considering that we are founded on God.”

“For me, I can’t really judge people and their situations but try to accept the fact that the end is near.”

“It’s a time where nothing makes sense anymore because people have changed in a way where they are not godly people anymore and have lost sight of what it really means to live righteously.”

 “The only thing that I can say is for parents especially the mothers to look out for your families especially your children. We are not in a safe world anymore.”

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