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 Fasitoouta, as church leaders from the LDS Church, the Catholic church, the Assembly of God and the Methodist church gathered with families and villagers from Fasitoo-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 Fasitoo-uta who lead 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.