15 year-old Girl Found, but Two Young Boys Declared Missing

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26 May 2024 Apia Samoa. Vaaitino Lauina, a 15 year-old girl from the villages of Saasaai and Nuu-Fou, declared missing from her home on Wednesday morning 22 May 2024 at 10:00am was returned and reunited with her family on Friday, the Samoa Police had announced.

However, in the past 24 hours, two more young boys have been declared missing by Police on the Samoa Police Prisons and Corrections Services social media page.

Amaketo Seuga, 16, of Faleula, was announced missing on Saturday afternoon, and a few hours later, 11 year old Liva (Ropati) Anesone was declared missing.

At the time of publication on Sunday evening, Police had not lifted the Missing Persons Notice for either of the two separate cases.

Liva (Ropati) Anesone, 11, of Vaimoso-Uta and Amaketo Seuga, 16, of Faleula.

Amaketo Seuga, 16, was last seen on Thursday night, 23rd May 2024 “after having dinner with his family” at their home in Faleula.

According to the Missing Persons Notice, the 11th Grader at Sagaga College “was wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts that reached above his knees”.

As for 11-yrar-old Liva (Ropati) Anesone, Police say he was last seen at his home “between 12pm and 5pm on Friday 24th May 2024”.

“He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and a maroon short.”

The declaration of children and teenagers under Missing Person reports has become a regular occurrence in Samoa with a notable increase since the beginning of this year.

Some of the Missing Persons announcements involving children. 

In all cases thus far, the Samoa Police had subsequently announced that the children had been safely returned to their homes.

However the question begs as to whether a more in-depth investigation needs to be launched into the reasons behind each “disappearance”.

In all cases to date, the public are asked for information which could lead to locating the missing children, however, when they are found, an any explanation as to what had actually happened is not offered.

With cases of abuse against children being called each week during Supreme Court criminal mentions of the Samoa Courts, and the Samoa Victim Support Group receiving children each week into their care, it may be time to take an in-depth assessment of “missing person reports” involving children.

Are some of them running away from abuse, and the Missing Persons system is just returning them to that situation?

Whatever the case may be, it is hoped that in the absence of a formal Child Social Services in Samoa, that there is an assessment of children’s safety and well-being before they are returned.

CURRENT POLICE MISSING PERSONS ANNOUNCEMENTS 

‼️ TAMAITIITI TAU SAILIA: AMAKETO SEUGA ‼️

Ua faatalosagaina e le Matagaluega o Leoleo, Falepuipui ma le Ola Toe Fuata’ina, le fesoasoani a le mamalu o le atunuu i le tau sailia o le alii o Amaketo Seuga, 16 tausaga o Faleula. O lenei tamaitiiti e vasega 11 i le Kolisi o Sagaga.

Na tuua e Amaketo lona aiga i le aso 23 o Me 2024, i le valu i le afiafi ina ua maea le taumafataga a lona aiga. O le vaaiga mulimuli ia te ia, o loo ia la’eiina se mitiafu lanu pa’epa’e ma se ofuvae vae pupu’u lanu uliuli.

Faamolemole se tasi na te silafia se nofoaga o loo iai Amaketo, poo se faamatalaga foi e uiga ia te ia, sei faafesootai ane se ofisa o Leoleo o lata ane, poo le numera 22222.

‼️ MISSING PERSON: AMAKETO SEUGA ‼️

The Samoa Police, Prisons and Corrections Services, earnestly seek your assistance in locating Amaketo Seuga, a 16 year old male from Faleula. He is currently in the 11th grade at Sagaga College.

Amaketo was last seen at approximately 8pm on the 23rd of May 2024, after having dinner with his family at their residence. Since then, he has been reported missing. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts that reached above his knees.

We kindly request that if any individual possesses any information regarding Amaketo Seuga’s whereabouts, please promptly contact the nearest Police station or call the number 22222.

Your cooperation is of utmost importance in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community.


 

‼️ FAAALIGA TAUA: TAMAITIITI O LO O TAU SAILIA

E talosagaina e le Matagaluega o Leoleo Falepuipui ma le Ola Toefuataina le fesoasoani a le mamalu o le atunuu, i le sailia ai o se tamaitiiti e igoa ia Liva (Ropati) Anetone, 11 tausaga o Vaimoso-Uta. O le taimi mulimuli na vaaia ai lenei tamaitiiti e lona aiga, o le Aso Faraile 24 o Me 2024, i le 12pm aga’i le 5pm i le aoauli, ma o loo ia laei ina se mitiafu lanu efuefu ma se ofuvae mumu paauli.

Faamolemole se tasi e na te silafiaina se nofoaga poo ni faamatalaga e uiga i lenei tamaitiiti, ina ia faafesootai vave ane se ofisa o Leoleo latalata ane, po o le valaau mai foi i le numera o le telefoni 22222.

Galulue faatasi mo se Samoa Saogalemu.

‼️ IMPORTANT NOTICE: MISSING CHILD

Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services appeals to the public for assistance, in locating Liva Anetone, 11 years of age from Vaimoso-Uta. Liva (Ropati) a has been missing from his home since Friday, 24th May 2024. It is alleged he went missing between 12pm to 5pm in the afternoon. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and a maroon short.

If anyone has any information regarding Liva’s whereabouts, please contact a nearby Police Station or call the number 22222.

Working together for a safer Samoa.


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