The mother of an 18 year old daughter who died while under the care of the Samoa Victim Support Group, SVSG, want answers to her death.
Tumua Mauele Brown of Fasito’o-uta mourned the loss of her teenage child Rosa, who died from a long illness and whose body was laid to rest yesterday at her family home.
Rosa was a victim of sexual abuse and was forced to find refuge at the SVSG Campus of Hope, Tuanaimato where she died while under the protected care of the SVSG.
“My daughter sought help at the SVSG because of some issues that my husband is accused of,” the grieving mother said.
“Although my husband denies any of it, I am still shocked at why my daughter died without us being notified.
“I know that we all wanted her to be in this shelter for a reason but she didn’t deserve to die and I know that I do not deserve to be left in the dark.
“I have other children to raise and this problem is very hard to deal with. I am shattered because my husband is accused of sexual connection with my daughter, and he is now banished from our village.
“I am also devastated now that my daughter has died while the case is still ongoing and I don’t know what to do but to be strong for my kids and my family.“
Director for SVSG in Samoa, Siliniu Lina Chang did not want to discuss the matter while it is with the police, but confirmed that the deceased was a victim of sexual abuse.
SVSG did put out an official press statement on the passing of the victim with a message she left behind.
The statement reads:
What she wasn’t able to achieve in her short life, she managed to do so in her death.
“….. let it end with me …” was part of Rosa’s message of hope that resounded louder and clearer at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Fasito’outa, as church leaders from the LDS Church, the Catholic church, the Assembly of God and the Methodist church gathered with families and villagers from Fasito’o-uta, to learn and to be inspired by her young life of suffering and perseverance.
Samoa Victim Support Group is a family in mourning as today, the Group farewelled one of its dear children, Rosa, who at 18, had lived anything but a normal life.
As her older sisters from the Campus of Hope carried her coffin to her final resting place, the young survivors themselves vowed that it was not her tiny body that wore them out, but the weight of the message that she had left.
“Children should grow up safely within their own family environment. I wasn’t.” Rosa’s message of hope, as read out by Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President, touched her village, from the church leaders to the family leaders; they heard Rosa’s message with humility and an acceptance of responsibilities.
Bishop Alavine Tuala of the LDS Church Fasito’o-uta who led Rosa’s funeral services was speechless as the impact of Rosa’s message finally hit home.
“What a pity that she had to suffer alone; that it has to take her death for all of us to come to terms with what she went through.
“Now I know how important the work of Samoa Victim Support Group is because they took Rosa in as their own up until she was called home. They require all our support.”
For Rosa’s grandmother Uesa, she carried Rosa’s bitterness with her. But as her voice wavered in emotion, she loudly declared the last of Rosa’s message, “I’m calling on all the parents to please love your children.”
As SVSG left Rosa at her final resting place, we were disheartened. Who wouldn’t when we heard and saw for ourselves the impact of the abuse Rosa suffered; in the cries of her siblings, the weeping of her grandmother and the sobs of those that her life had touched.
But as God is our Lord and Savior, there is always hope. SVSG will continue to share Rosa's message of hope through our work. Rest in love dear Rosa.”