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Families that have not been vaccinated against measles in the Pacific nation of Samoa have been asked to hang a red flag outside their homes to help fight a deadly outbreak of the disease. The flags will assist medical teams travelling door to door inoculating residents. The government says more than 4,000 people have been infected with measles out of a population of less than200,000. Keni Lesa, the editor of the Samoa Observer spoke to Newsday. (Photo: Red flags are seen hanging outside of homes of Apia residents indicating they have not been vaccinated for measles. Credit: Getty Images)
Musician Opetaia Foa'i grew up surrounded by the island rhythms, sounds and sights of Samoa. As an adult he started making music about his voyager ancestors. It caught the eye of producers at Walt Disney Animation Studios who wanted him to write the music for their upcoming movie Moana about a Pacific Island teenager trying to save her community. Opetaia Foa'i made sure the smash hit movie stayed true to Pacific culture.