”The evening bells have just been rung for evening prayer. Our prayer tonight is that of gratitude that our family and neighbours are safe.

But our hearts are with those families who can not say the same. Who will sleep tonight without a son, a daughter, a mother, a father, an uncle, an aunt, a cousin. Their loss is our loss. Even the night birds feel it. Good night, ma ia manuia le po.”

Sia Figiel: Tsunami’s impact on island life