Mother looks overseas for help

Migrating overseas is one way many people living in Samoa see as a way out of struggles and poverty.

Sulesa Fineitalaga Aloniu, 52, from the village of Nuu-Fou, is among people who holds such a belief. 

She said the high cost of living in Samoa is almost unbearable.

 “The cost of living here in Samoa right now is really high and it is way too much for some families,” Mrs. Aloniu told the Village Voice team yesterday.

“The high cost of living in Samoa today does not match the money people are earning from their jobs.”

Mrs. Aloniu also said they’ve been in Nu’u for two years now but they were still struggling.

“It’s two years now since we moved here and there is still struggle because the road to our place is really not good for transportation.

“Another issue is that we don’t have that much land around the house to have a plantation when the money we get is not enough.”

Mrs. Aloniu says the way youths nowadays behave, really frightens her and her family.

“Another tough part here in Samoa today is the behavior of young youths around here during the weekend when they are intoxicated, it is really inappropriate.

“Our family is really scared when this happens, so whenever we hear the young youths start to shout while drunk on weekend, we just call the police.”

Mrs. Aloniu says she encourages her children to move overseas and help her family because life in Samoa is tough.

“Life is already hard here in Samoa today with the expensive cost of living and so many issues here.

“I am encouraging my kids to go overseas so they can make more money and send it over because life here is really hard.” 

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