Water would make everything okay

By Aruna Lolani ,

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JUST WATER: Solomona Vasasou Leiataua from Manono and Fasito’o.

JUST WATER: Solomona Vasasou Leiataua from Manono and Fasito’o. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

Solomona Vasasou Leiataua is not new to the world of farming and fishing.

The 28 year old said that this is his way of earning a living and supporting his family.

He’s from Manono but his wife is residing at Fasito’o uta.

“Working the land and fishing has always been my way of helping out my own family,” he says to the Village Voice.

“I grew up in Manono so this is in our nature and we really know how to fish.

“For me, I believe the plantation and the sea go together because you need to have a fa’alifu to eat your fish with or other seafood you can get.”

Solomona was waiting for his bus when the Village Voice caught up with him.

“I know that we are living a good life but I think the only thing that keeps pulling us down, is the lack of water or should I say; no access to water at all.

“The government’s water cannot go up into the area that we’re currently staying on because it’s too far. 

“There’s no water here. 

At the moment we only have water tanks but to tell you the truth, we mostly wait for the rain to pour blessings on us in this situation but things don’t always go our way, right?

“But if we ever come to that point where we literally have no water and no other options; then we use the car to travel to places to find a bit of water to survive.

“And believe me when I say that this is not an easy thing to do. 

Getting water is not easy and even harder when you have kids including a baby because your job is to make sure that they always have water standing by for their needs.”

Solomona has three children with one in school while the two younger ones are at home.

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