Ton­gans in Brus­sels thank­ful to be okay

Fiji Sun - - World News -

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.

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