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STRANDED CITIZENS

Dear American Samoa Government, The Government has one job and that job is to do right by its people! However, the American Samoa Government has failed not only myself but my family and its citizens. By making us feel like unimportant irritants and pariahs to society. We’ve exhausted every measure...
Dear Governor Lolo, Samoa muamua le Atua. We have that on our American Samoa Government seal and we have always prized ourselves as God fearing people and people of faith. We have always prized ourselves also as loving people. But the past few months since the outbreak of COVID-19 things have been...
Epifania Rapozo and her children
This undated photo, provided by Epifania Rapozo, center, shows her with her two children Malia, left, and Levi, right, on a hillside overlooking a scenic site on American Samoa's main island of Tutuila. Rapozo, a native of American Samoa, and her children, from Washington State have been stranded...
Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “It is still the Department of Health’s position that we do not recommend travel to and from areas of known COVID-19 infections,” said DoH Epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa during the department’s coronavirus presentation at last Thursday’s emergency cabinet meeting....
Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga testifying before the House Health Committee
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After hearing from Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga — the Chief Medical Officer at LBJ Hospital and also a Coronavirus Task Force member — that there are no plans at this stage for repatriation flights, the House of Representatives plans to send a resolution to the governor...
Tanoa Hotel
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Air New Zealand’s first flight to Tonga since the Covid-19 lockdown has taken off on Tuesday morning. Flight NZ970 was due to land at Fua’amotu International Airport at 1.30pm local time. It is the first Air NZ repatriation flight of Tongans since border restrictions were...
Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints as they boarded a Delta Air Lines charter flight
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With American Samoa’s borders closed for about two-months now due to the coronavirus pandemic declaration, questions have been raised as to why ASG can’t charter a flight to uplift stranded local residents in the US to bring them home and that same flight could take...
Dear Editor, What is our Government doing for the families of the RESIDENTS of American Samoa, who are stranded because of the border closure? Is there a hotline setup for those who do not have the financial support they need because the sole provider of their family is stranded and cannot work? Is...