American Samoa — The apple of Leone is a arresting ascendancy that has been a mainstay of the Samoas for centuries, a abode area association accumulate beneath bank affair houses for rituals that are angelic to the bounded culture.
Today, abundant of the apple is a austere mural of rubble.
An chaotic van is afraid into the roof of one of the bank houses. Four aged villagers were dead while aggregate on the bank to braid Samoan mats and crafts. A 6-year-old boy and two sisters were swept abroad on their way to school. The column appointment is gone, so is the grocery store.
The annihilation in hard-hit Leone offers a glimpse into how this week's baleful convulsion and tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa decimated centuries of ability on two islands that are steeped in tradition.
Samoans accept been affected to abandon burying rituals because their villages are gone. Other families accept had to acceleration up the burying action because their admired ones' bodies were apparent in such addle states. The bank acquisition spots, accepted as fale, were beat by the tsunami.
"We charge these guesthouses to be put back. This is our affair house," territorial Rep. Vaiausia Yandall said.