It does not surprise us one bit. The fact is the “oldest profession” in the world has always existed in Samoa – even if it was carried out illegally. What is certainly surprising is the sheer number of women and girls involved and the magnitude by which it exists on these shores.
Today is World Press Freedom Day. Commemorated on the 3rd of May every year, it is a day designed to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
Well, it looks as if that nasty debate about whether or not the Samoan government is “broke”, is becoming more and more interesting – or is it more and more nerve-racking – so that we should keep on hoping it will not all of a sudden, blow up in someone’s face.
Our daily feature of ‘Village Voices’, has been an eye opener and not just for our readers. Started by Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa, our reporters have been collecting four news stories a day for well over six months now from people living all around Upolu and from Savaii.
No one doubts Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s incredible sense of ingenuity. Indeed, it seems as if his mind is everywhere at the same time so that you just cannot catch it, no matter how hard you’d try.
It seems that everyone is doing it, writing that is. Just two weeks ago author, Jane Vaafusuaga launched two children’s books at Business Systems Limited, A gift for Ana and the Samoan version, O le meaalofa mo Ana.
This much is undeniable. There is danger from within the halls of power in Samoa today. It has something to do with unresolved cases of corruption, collusion, abuse and misuse of power hurting the most vulnerable people of this country.
Freedom of expression is one thing. Abusing people and making unfounded allegations under the guise of freedom of expression, especially when the writer is a faceless ghost, is something else.
The conditions are not ideal. With the scorching heat, the humidity reaching ridiculous levels, you see men and women toiling hard on the streets of Samoa to make money.
There is an age old phrase that many people quote, “You shouldn’t talk about religion or politics.” Why? The obvious answer is of course, that they can cause conflict.
Think about this for a minute. Without aid and hand outs from all corners of the world, where will Samoa be today? What are we to do when aid stops?
The truth is simple enough. We live in an interesting time. There are so many glaring problems screaming to be solved and yet we see so much distraction. They come in all sorts of forms and different shapes.
Another leg of the HSBC Sevens and it appears Samoa is still barely hanging in there with our 13th position on the ladder, – a far cry from the glory days of 2010.
He’s alive. And because of that there is hope. Eternal hope. And hope is one thing the world sorely needs right now amidst all the chaos near and far.
It’s Good Friday today. In this nation, which was recently declared an official Christian state, most of us will pause to remember and reflect on the day our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our salvation.
Praise is deserved where it is due. And today we believe the government, the Samoa Shipping Services and everyone else involved in the journey of seafarers who are heading overseas for employment deserve a pat on the back and to be congratulated.
Re: Study hits out at violence Really, the church obviously isn’t working - look around Samoa, people are merely hiding behind it and everyone knows it. It’s the desperation of people stressed out by all the stupid monetary customs putting pressure on the family budget.
The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
Think a minute…This is a true story about a boy who dreamed of sailing around the world living a life of adventure on the sea.
GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?
Guttorm stooped down and took the wild flower gently between his thumb and forefinger taking care not to bruise it.
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