Nuela stands outside of her home in Boali, Central African Republic.

Nuela Ngaiboma is a 29 year old woman originally from Birlo village in Central African Republic. During CAR’s post electoral violence in December 2020, armed groups attacked Nuela’s village, Birlo. She fled and after an arduous journey she made it to Boali to stay with her aunt. In Boali, she received cash assistance from NRC to get back on her feet. She lives with her three childre, (two sons and a daughter) and sells food outside her house in Boali.

“When I was in the fields, I saw many people had started to run. When I asked why they were running, they said an armed group had entered the village and they had taken control of the village. I asked those running if they had seen my children. They said they had just fled as quick as they could. I had no choice but to go back and try to find my children. They tried to stop me from going to the village saying it was too dangerous. I told them I can’t abandon my children, and that I’m going to look for them so we can all stay together in the bush. When I returned to the village, I saw the armed men had taken the village. I heard gunshots coming from all directions. There were no villagers anywhere, there were not even any animals. I found my children and I ran with them to the bush until I reached the edge of a stream. When my aunt here in Boali learned about the attack, She called me and told me to come to Boali with a taxi-moto. I told her that there were no taxi-motos anywhere. How am I going to make it all the way to Boali? So my aunt asked some young people from Boali, to come to try to find me. They crossed through the bush on foot and they found me. It was around 9am when they found me and so we crossed through the bush together. It was around 4pm when we arrived here in Boali. As soon as my aunt saw me, she started to cry. She asked me to stay here and that’s why I’m here to this day. While I was here, NRC came here. They provided me with around $90 in cash in assistance. This helped to reduce my hardship here a little. One of my challenges right now is that my children are not going to school. They’re staying at home because their school is too dangerous. The children can’t go there because the school is surrounded by mines. I have many problems and I’m living in fear. I want there to be peace so my children can continue to go to school. I have so many worries on my mind. Because I am afraid. I am worried that what I just experienced might happen all over again. I just want peace for my country. So that we can work in our fields, go about our business, and see our children go to school while we live in peace. Then we will move past the memories of conflict and live in peace.” Nuela Ngaiboma, 29.

Photo: Itunu Kuku/NRC
Date: 13 July 2021
Den sentralafrikanske republikk

Nuelas mareritt

Det var alle mødres mareritt. Nuela ante ikke hvor barna hennes var. Hennes tre sønner hadde ikke bare forsvunnet på et travelt marked eller på en overfylt fornøyelsespark.

Det hadde brutt ut skyting mens Nuela jobbet på åkeren like utenfor landsbyen. Hun skjønte at hun måtte flykte i sikkerhet, men først måtte hun finne barna sine.

I dag er det dessverre ikke uvanlig at folk i Den sentralafrikanske republikk (SAR) må flykte fra hjemmene sine på et øyeblikks varsel. Væpnede grupper angriper hyppig landsbyer, og påfølgende sammenstøt med regjeringslojale styrker er en del av virkeligheten for millioner av innbyggere i landet.


Flyktninghjelpen hjelper mennesker på flukt i over 30 land verden over, inkludert Den sentralafrikanske republikk. Støtt vårt arbeid i dag.


I januar 2021 bodde Nuela i landsbyen Birlo sørvest i landet, da et slikt angrep skjedde. Dagen startet som normalt. Nuela dyrket en liten jordflekk like utenfor landsbyen sin. Plutselig forandret alt seg.

Jeg hadde ikke noe annet valg enn å gå tilbake og prøve å finne barna mine

– Jeg så at mange begynte å løpe. Da jeg spurte hvorfor de løp, sa de at en væpnet gruppe hadde tatt kontroll over landsbyen. Jeg spurte om de hadde sett barna mine. Men de hadde bare løpt så fort de kunne, sier hun.

Naboene fortalte henne at det var en dårlig idé å prøve å dra tilbake, at det ikke var trygt. De prøvde til og med å holde henne fysisk tilbake. Men Nuela fortalte dem at hun ikke kunne forlate sønnene sine.

– Jeg hadde ikke noe annet valg enn å gå tilbake og prøve å finne barna mine, sier hun.

Da Nuela kom tilbake til landsbyen, hadde de fleste flyktet. Hun hørte høye smell, og forsøkte å ikke få panikk da hun febrilsk lette etter barna sine. Hun kom seg endelig hjem, og pustet leelv såttet ut. Sønnene hennes var der og ventet på henne. Uten å stoppe for å ta med seg noe, samlet hun Kolo (10), Jospin (8) og Cedric (7) og hastet ut av landsbyen med dem.

Nuela poses with three of her sons, Kolo, 10, Jospin, 8, and Cedric, 7 outside of their house in Boali, Central African Republic.

Photo: Itunu Kuku/NRC
Date: July 13 2021
Les billedteksten Nuela ble enormt lettet da hun oppdaget at sønnene hennes var uskadde. Foto: Itunu Kuku/Flyktninghjelpen

Selv så lettet som hun var, var dette bare begynnelsen på prøvelsene. I motsetning til de fleste av naboene bestemte Nuela seg for at hun ikke ville gjemme seg i bushen og vente på at volden skulle ta slutt. I stedet bestemte hun seg for å gå i ni timer gjennom skogen med sønnene sine, til byen Boali – for å bo hos en tante.

– Så snart tanten min så meg, var hun så lettet at hun begynte å gråte. Hun ba meg bli, og det er derfor jeg er her i Boali den dag i dag, sier Nuela.

Fluktens tall

Ifølge FNs kontor for koordinering av humanitær innsats (OCHA) hadde 713.000 mennesker i Den sentralafrikanske republikk flyktet fra sine hjem per 31. august 2021. I tillegg mangler så mange som 57 prosent av landets befolkning stabil tilgang til mat. Det er 2,6 millioner mennesker totalt.

Våre ansatte i Den sentralafrikanske republikk svarer med å gi nødhjelp til nylig fordrevne familier.

Nuela stands outside of her home in Boali, Central African Republic and shows off the items that she has for sale.

Nuela Ngaiboma is a 29 year old woman originally from Birlo village in Central African Republic. During CAR’s post electoral violence in December 2020, armed groups attacked Nuela’s village, Birlo. She fled and after an arduous journey she made it to Boali to stay with her aunt. In Boali, she received cash assistance from NRC to get back on her feet. She lives with her three childre, (two sons and a daughter) and sells food outside her house in Boali.

“When I was in the fields, I saw many people had started to run. When I asked why they were running, they said an armed group had entered the village and they had taken control of the village. I asked those running if they had seen my children. They said they had just fled as quick as they could. I had no choice but to go back and try to find my children. They tried to stop me from going to the village saying it was too dangerous. I told them I can’t abandon my children, and that I’m going to look for them so we can all stay together in the bush. When I returned to the village, I saw the armed men had taken the village. I heard gunshots coming from all directions. There were no villagers anywhere, there were not even any animals. I found my children and I ran with them to the bush until I reached the edge of a stream. When my aunt here in Boali learned about the attack, She called me and told me to come to Boali with a taxi-moto. I told her that there were no taxi-motos anywhere. How am I going to make it all the way to Boali? So my aunt asked some young people from Boali, to come to try to find me. They crossed through the bush on foot and they found me. It was around 9am when they found me and so we crossed through the bush together. It was around 4pm when we arrived here in Boali. As soon as my aunt saw me, she started to cry. She asked me to stay here and that’s why I’m here to this day. While I was here, NRC came here. They provided me with around $90 in cash in assistance. This helped to reduce my hardship here a little. One of my challenges right now is that my children are not going to school. They’re staying at home because their school is too dangerous. The children can’t go there because the school is surrounded by mines. I have many problems and I’m living in fear. I want there to be peace so my children can continue to go to school. I have so many worries on my mind. Because I am afraid. I am worried that what I just experienced might happen all over again. I just want peace for my country. So that we can work in our fields, go about our business, and see our children go to school while we live in peace. Then we will move past the memories of conflict and live in peace.” Nuela Ngaiboma, 29.

Photo: Itunu Kuku/NRC
Date: 13 July 2021
Les billedteksten Foto: Itunu Kuku/Flyktninghjelpen

Nuela var en av mange som hadde nytte av denne hjelpen. Hun fikk et kontantstipend på 95 amerikanske dollar etter ankomst til Boali. Hun brukte pengene til å kjøpe kassavaknoller som hun malte til mel, og solgte dette utenfor hjemmet hun nå deler med tanten og barna.

Til tross for alt hun har vært gjennom er Nuela tøff, og fast bestemt på å forsørge seg selv og sine tre barn økonomisk.

Jeg vil bare ha fred for landet mitt, slik at vi kan dyrke jorda, leve livene våre og se barna gå på skole

Hun innrømmer likevel at hun er bekymret for fremtiden. Boali, byen der hun søkte tilflukt, har også blitt angrepet, og hun er bekymret for at alt hun har opplevd kan skje igjen. Men til tross for  dette mener Nuela at fred er mulig.

– Jeg vil bare ha fred for landet mitt, slik at vi kan dyrke jorda, leve livene våre og se barna gå på skole. Da kan vi gi slipp på minnene om konflikt og leve i fred, sier hun.

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