Caritas has set up a trauma counseling team in Tonga to offer support to victims and families after a recent ferry disaster.
The Princess Ashika capsized 86km north-east of the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa on 5 August with 149 people on board.
Two bodies and 54 survivors have been found, while 93 people remain missing and are presumed drowned after being trapped in the vessel.
Caritas Tonga had established a trauma counseling team to help out after this incident.
Senolita Vakata of Caritas Tonga said, “The Ashika ferry disaster has affected the whole community. Men, women, and children were trapped in the boat as it sank. A Caritas staff member lost his wife, son, daughter and grandchild in the tragedy.
“Caritas has set up a professional counseling unit to offer help to the survivors and to the families of the victims based in Caritas house and also moving out to the villagers and outer islands.”