Stories From Kiribati
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on May 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM|
I had the same bus stop with that passenger so I rushed out after him. It was a spot close to Bikenibeu West Primary school. That was where most of my family members had to be. By now my wife should be busy teaching her students and my kids were supposed to be in their classrooms.
Half running, I went directly to the primary school compound. Well, to my surprise the atmosphere there was more than I hoped to be. Cars and trucks were there, parking unevenly around the school, but moreover was the running about and shouting of pupils, teachers and parents. I was nothing but a bundle of nerves.
When I finally arrived at my wife's classroom, she was there! I nervously asked her, "Did you get the tsunami warning?"
"Yes! Recently. Policemen came to our school and informed teachers to let the children go home to their parents as quickly as possible." she replied. "Take the children home and I'll be there! I need to make sure that all my students leave the classroom and the compound safely." she added in a louder voice since her students were very loud too.
Before actually stepping out of that school campus, I figured out that parents had been coming and going away with their children. Many still roamed looking for their own children among hundreds of kids who got so excited of that warning. Children were shouting and running fro and back. Many seemed scared while others acted happily for knowing that soon they would swim around in the upcoming waves.
Our home was five minutes walk away from that school. At home I explained to my kids (girls of 9, 7 and 5 years) what a tsunami was and the dangers it often brought. I also told them of what must be done when the tsunami actually came. My kids felt calm after assuring that I would not abandon them. They seemed to have picked enough courage to face the coming tsunami- but in REALITY - the father was actually the one who was still really scared, confused and uncertain of what might happen to his loved ones.
Everyone waited for the tsunami!
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