Student Finally Gets News Of Loved Ones In Tonga

“It was a relief for me to hear their voices after so long.”
26 Jan 2022 10:42
Student Finally Gets News Of Loved Ones In Tonga
Makeleta Napa’a.

I had been waiting for the connection to be restored to know if my family is safe; I kept on calling and finally I was able to speak to them on Saturday.

These were the words of relieved university student, Makeleta Napa’a, who was finally able to make contact with her family in Tonga during the weekend.

There had been no communication with Tonga following the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha’apai volcano eruption on January 15.

The 31-year-old university student said she had been waiting anxiously to speak to her family in Tonga to find out if they were safe after the eruption and tsunami affected our island neighbour.

“Just after about a 30 minute video call during the tsunami on January 15, the call had been disconnected and I kept on wondering if my family had found a safe place,” she said.

“It was a relief for me to hear their voices after so long.”

Ms Napa’a said no words could describe how she felt watching her island and home get destroyed on a video call with her sister.

“I do not know how to explain the kind of emotion when I found out that my place is getting destroyed by the tsunami,” she said.

“I do not know how to explain the emotion of watching the memories of my home getting washed away and knowing that going back to Tonga will not be the same anymore.”

She said even after speaking to her loved ones, she longs to be with them.

Ms Napa’a is hoping to graduate soon and find a job to help her family rebuild their home in Tonga.

“I cannot wait for an aeroplane to take me back to Tonga so that I can look for a job and help my family rebuild our house,” she said.




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