21 Jul 2015

More staff needed to care for abused babies in Samoa

5:50 pm on 21 July 2015

An organisation that cares for sexually abused and abandoned babies in Samoa says it needs more staff to help manage the increasing number of cases it is receiving.

SVSG President, Lina Chang

SVSG President, Lina Chang Photo: RNZI

A new care centre has been set up with funds donated to the Samoa Victim Support Group.

It takes in children who have been abused, abandoned, or affected by domestic violence.

The group's president, Lina Chang, says the number of cases has increased over the past few years and it is relying on donations and volunteers to help provide its service.

"Some of the cases these babies are involved in, we will work right up to court and make sure that there's justice for these children and the challenges that we are facing is that we are not funded and we have been working on doing a lot of fundraising."

Lina Chang says its new centre can take up to 15 children and is well equipped to cater to all their needs.