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Family members laying flowers and wreaths to farewell the victims at the Tafaigata Cemetery before the mas graves were covered with cement.
Apia, SAMOA — Church services throughout Samoa on Sunday remembered the victims and the families on the tenth anniversary of of one of the country’s worst natural disasters, the 2009 tsunami. The magnitude 8.1 submarine earthquake along the Tonga Trench subduction zone generated a tsunami with...
Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil
Apia, SAMOA — No charges will be filed against a Samoan woman who allegedly dumped her baby in a trash bin in Malaysia. Samoa police say the matter is beyond their jurisdiction. According to the Samoa Observer the 33 year old woman, was on a study tour in Malaysia. She was escorted back to Samoa...
Leaders of Samoan Organizations awarded U.S. Government grants
Apia, SAMOA — The U.S. Embassy today honored 8 Samoan organizations and 15 individuals at a Grantee Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy Residence Vailima. These organizations received funding from the U.S. Embassy Apia’s 2019 Public Diplomacy Grants program as well as other funding support.  The...
What is left of a family home that was burnt to the ground as
Apia, SAMOA — Police have arrested one person over the burning of family houses and other properties at Taelefaga village at the Fagaloa Bay last Thursday night. Police confirmed the arrest this week and said that more people are expected to be charged over the incident. The Incident The properties...
Samoan police headquarters in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — The police in Samoa have launched investigations into the unrelated deaths of three children. The first occurred on Saturday in Lefaga where a one-year-old boy is believed to have drowned behind the family home. The police said the child was left unsupervised. The second death was...
Perelini Ulugia with his children, neices and nephews in his growing beach fale business, Jaymy's
Saleapaga, SAMOA — The morning of the tsunami, Perelini Ulugia was halfway through shaving his face, when the earth shook the walls of the fale around him. “I thought maybe one of my brothers in law was playing a joke on me, shaking the house,” he said. It wasn’t until he stepped out that he...
Those who attended Tautai Aumaga’s funeral service
Apia, SAMOA — Only the baby boy – named Tautai Aumaga was laid to rest yesterday evening as the Court stopped the burial of the bay girl – Teviti Angel Aumaga for a post mortem. Tautai was found at sea at Laulii last month and Angel’s body was found in a rubbish bin at the Mulifanua wharf and the...
Orca off the coast of Savai'i, Samoa.
Off Shore, SAVAI'I ISLAND — Orca have been filmed off Samoa in what might be the first sighting ever caught on tape in that country. The four orca - also known as killer whales - were seen by a group of friends from Gore and Invercargill during a holiday and, while the women were delighted with the...
Samoa's Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil.
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Samoa have suspended two officers from the Transnational Crimes Unit for misconduct and one of them is faces criminal charges. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil has confirmed the suspensions. The commissioner said the criminal charges...
Lauli’i boy  pointing out the spot on the beach where the body of the 6 month old baby washed up.
Apia, SAMOA — Babies who are abandoned and left to die is an ongoing tragedy the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has accepted as longstanding.  But he was careful at suggesting how to stop it, when the issue was put to him during his weekly media session on national radio yesterday. The...

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