JANET'S STORY

Central African Republic

Janet was forced to flee her village in the Central African Republic. Photo: Arete/War Child UK

“IT WAS ABOUT 10 A.M. AND WE WERE TAKING EXAMS WHEN THE MILITIA CAME TO OUR SCHOOL.”

 

“They shut the door on secondary students.

“SIt was at that point the rest of us ran away.

“They killed all the students in the secondary class. Not one of them survived.”

Janet fled to the church. But the militia set the church on fire and she had to flee again. Photo: Arete/War Child UK

“WE WERE TOLD TO SEEK SANCTUARY AT THE CHURCH.

“But they even came there and set fires, killing many people.

“So we came to this place

Janet fled to this camp for displaced people with her mother. Photo: Arete/War Child UK

Zariya was buried under the rubble for about 15 minutes before they found her.

She had a large burn on her arm and some other scratches, but luckily everyone was alive.

Once the family was all together they ran to the neighbour’s house and remained there until they were taken to safety and to the camp.

Janet comes to the War Child Youth Club where she can be around other children and overcome what has happened to her. Photo: Arete/War Child UK

“I’M SAD EXCEPT WHEN I’M PLAYING WITH MY FRIENDS.”

Janet has become a leader at the War Child Youth Club.

“If this space didn’t exist, all we could do is stay at home with our sorrow and cry.”

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