Parents, families and relatives desperately clung to their phones, praying that the next call would confirm that their children are safe. Friends and loved ones waited with bated breaths, struggling to put on a brave front while their hearts were already bleeding out.
Among them was former UPNG biology student Bruce Horick, who lives in Lae, Morobe Province. Their world came to a standstill while students in Port Moresby ran for their lives.
Horick, who graduated in 2013, put pen to paper to express the heartache he felt.