Tongans in Brussels thankful to be okay
Shaken by the proximity of last Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels, a Tongan family who live in the city say they are trying to go on with their normal activities and are thankful to be all okay. Haati and Josephine-Latu Sanft have lived in Brussels for several years, where Josie works at the press office of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in the central city. “We use the Maelbeek metro station ( where the explosions happened 30 minutes or so after the ones at the airport) all the time and it’s quite close to our son’s kindergarten and also Josie’s workplace. It’s the metro line used to get to the European institutions - European Parliament, Council, Commission etc.,” they said.
“The attackers struck right in the heart of Brussels. The day after the attacks, the schools in the area were closed and many organisations asked the staff to work from home. We are a bit shaken but have tried to go on our normal activities – and try to remember that one is more likely to be killed in a car accident or a heart attack, than a terrorist attack.”
The couple reported that the Pacific diplomatic community in Brussels were, fortunately, not affected and all were grateful.