|Rev. Arua Oala|
“How am I going to explain in a few long years to my two grandchildren what their father has perished,” he says.
|Rabaul Queen survivor minutes after the rescue|
“When I asked my daughter-in-law to share her experiences at the first anniversary service, she said: ‘I can’t because I might harm the relationship I have with my husband. To me he is still at work.”
Government support to the families of victims and the survivors has been very limited. Counseling sessions stopped two weeks after the disaster and those affected by the tragedy have had to fall back on traditional family structures to draw support. But it has not been easy when multiple family members have died.