'The silence is suffocating': family abuse 'epidemic' uncovered in Sam – AuthenticAfrican

Posted on by Eleanor Ainge Roy in Apia

The beautiful Polynesian island is home to a fiercely traditional society rife with domestic violence

Blood on the walls. Bruises like smashed plums. As long as Sefina* can remember, family violence has been part of her life. She watched her mother routinely attacked by her stepfather. “Sorry,” her mother would whisper afterwards to the children.

Then, Sefina’s elder sister was nearly killed by a group of male relatives for breaking the curfew. “Sorry,” her sister told her as she later left the island for good.

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