Photographer Tony Wu was in Vava’u, Tonga when the ferry sank two nights ago. Tony has just posted a short article about how it has affected the small island of Vava’u.
A ferry sank in Tonga a couple of nights ago…the night I arrived in Vava’u…claiming around 26 lives, mostly women and children… Tonga is a small nation, with a population of 110,000 people or so. Everyone seems to know one another, or at least know someone else who knows someone you’re talking about. There are perhaps only three or four degrees of separation among people here, rather than the more standard six.
As such, just about everyone here, me included, knows someone who’s been affected by this misfortune.