At 12.51 we were witnesses to the loss of lives: infants and pensioners; kiwis and internationals; residents and visitors; language students and teachers; parents, sisters, brothers, friends and colleagues.
We, the survivors, witnessed the life-changing moments of all those who were injured badly.
We who were ordered to walk home knew emergency crews were fighting to save lives and free the trapped.
We heard the sirens and we saw the smoke. And we know there are those who are still missing. Our hearts go out to those who wait.