A different kind of struggle

Every one goes through different life experiences.

Just as every family in Samoa has their own story to tell.

For Matauaina Saemo Satui, living without his wife and kids is his biggest nightmare.

Mr. Satui lives in Fasito’o-tai and he says it’s been almost two years that he has been facing this.

“Some people thought that we had divorced, but that’s not the issue with us,” he told the Village Voice team.

“This is my family and my place, but my wife is from Faleula, so right now my wife and kids are at Faleula with their mother because there is no one with my wife’s family."

“And there is no one here too at my place, so we separated because it would be easy for my wife and for my children’s school."

“My kids usually visit me during the weekends and then back to Faleula.”

Mr. Satui says life is really hard in his family when his wife is not there. 

“It is really hard living here without my wife because I don’t have a second opinion in the decision I want to make."

“I have been doing all the cleaning, washing and a wife’s role around here in my house because my wife is not here.”

Mr. Satui’s house is located in the mainland of Fasito'o-tai and it’s the last house as you head up the mountains and according to him, this is another reason his wife and children had relocated.

“The location of our house is really not safe for my children, especially when the five of them are girls."

“Transportation is one of the issues because if I had a car, I would let them stay here with me because we are far away from the coastal area."

“Plus if anyone of them gets sick, it is really hard to get them to where most houses are for help.”

Mr. Satui added living without the people you love is an issue.

“I know I am the one who came up with the idea of us to separate, but I also believe it was for the best."

“But now I surely know that living without the people who matter to you the most is a hard feeling.”

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