Unnoticed poverty in Samoa

An 8year old child, Iosua Sauleone has been kicked out of Mulifanua Primary School because he had no birth certificate and parents said they could not afford it.

This was stated by his mother, Sauleone Alataua yesterday during their street singing performance at the Savalalo market.

Mrs. Alataua said this is believed to be their only source of income at the moment as it is the main reason why they could not afford a birth certificate for Mr. Sauleone.

The father of the family, Filipo Vaioane is commonly known as the blind singer who is always seen on the streets with his spoon and singing performance.

Mr. Sauleone is the eldest of his two other siblings at their place in Mulifanua, a three and a four year old and Mrs. Alataua said they travel all the way to Apia to look for food for her children.

Asked by Samoa Observer of presence of their other family members and she refused despite that she mentioned it is only them living together.

“We wish we have the crops and the free fish to depend on but it is only us and as you can see, my husband is blind so this is the only thing we can afford for now,” she uttered with sadness.

On the educational level, Mr. Sauleone used to attend school during his earlier three years at Mulifanu Primary School.

In an interview with Samoa Observer, Mr. Sauleone said he’s keen to go back to school but he also feels sorry towards his parents for they are struggling to look for income to get him to school.

“I can always stay home and look after my parents” but Mrs. Alataua said it is every parents’ goal to get their children to school and be educated.

Mrs. Alataua also stated that his son’s presence in the public during school hours have captured the attention of one of the Police officers and had told them to let him stay home instead.

Eyewitness from Samoa Observer said the mother and son was seen sharing a pork-bun in the streets while Mr. Vaioane was performing.

The family is now waiting and still hoping for a miracle to happen.

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