Stories from Enewetak: Nema Saimon

Interviews with Elders:

Now that I am 14 years old, my mother would like me to work for her. Everyday when I am alone with my mother, she tells me not to take anything bad (e.g., drugs, etc). But I think that when I was only a baby, my parents broke up. I miss that. Now I would like to have a father to look after my family.

As I explained, I was still a baby when my parents separated, but when I was three, mom told me that she and dad separated because of a private issue between them. We were sitting together when she told me the story about their past. When she finished telling me about my dad, a feeling came to me about my father.


Interviews with Elders:

Kiiō ke ej jon̄oul-emān aō iiō, jinō ekar kōn̗aan bwe in jerbal n̄an e. Aolep raan ke ij make iaaō ippān jinō, ej ba n̄an eō bwe in jab bōk jabdewōt men enana. Ke ikar baj nin̄nin̄ wōt, jinō em jema rōkar jepel em ilukkuun in on̄ kake erro. Ak kiiō ikōn̗aan bwe en wōr jema. Bwe ne lale baam̗le eo aō.

Ilo aō kōmel̗el̗eik menin ke nin̄nin̄ wōt jinō im jema raar jepel. Ak ke eaar jilu ao iiō mama ar ba ke iar dik erro baba jebōl kōn juōn aero problem. Kōm kar jijet ippān doon em im ekar bwebwenato kin tōre ko remootļo̧k. Ke ej mōj an ba n̄an n̄a eaar iuwe juon ao feeling kōn jema.

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