I have seen my father beat my mother up many times. Every time I beg him to stop. I don’t know why my father gets so angry with her all the time.
My mother keeps telling him that what he thinks and says is wrong and that she doesn’t know how to make him stop thinking and feeling that way.
My mother looks after me and my brother and sisters. She does all the work in the house and she also weaves mats to make extra money for our family. My father has occasional work and helps a man who is a builder to help build homes. Sometimes he doesn’t have work and so he just sits around the house while my mother does everything.
One time my mother was watching a movie with us and my father was out drinking kava. My father walked in and we were all sleeping but my mother was still awake watching the movie. My father accused my mother of liking another man in our village. He told my mother that the man teased him at the kava session saying that my mother was too beautiful for my father and didn’t know why she married him. My father told my mother that maybe she was having a secret affair with the man.
I woke up and heard my father accusing her. My mother denied it all and told him to stop because we would all wake up. My father didn’t know I was already awake and listening. My father picked up the remote and threw it at my mother’s face he then moved forward and kicked her in the face while my mother had my little sister sleeping next to her. I jumped up and begged him to stop. He walked away and while my mother was crying I got up to go and get her some water for her face. He told me to leave the water and tell my mother to get up and go to him in the kitchen and make his food. I told my father that it was underneath the cloth on the table. My mother had already prepared it. She always does.
The next day my mother’s sister came by the house and saw my mother’s face. My aunty has tried getting help for my mother but my mother is too scared to report because she says we have nowhere else to go. But my aunty has had a talk with me and I know now what to do now if my father beats my mother again. My aunty has given me a mobile phone and we have hid it is a safe place. Next time something happens I will call the police and the WCCC.
I know my mother will be upset with me but I am doing this for her and for my brother and sisters so that we don’t have to live in fear anymore.