On the third floor of the Tulip building, tinted in the colors of the attractive brand on one of the stops of the avenues of the church going towards the Procure des Missions de Kisangani at the Parse roundabout in the peaceful city of hope, a calm woman welcomes us.
After our brief presentation, we indicated to the latter that she had come to respond, following a telephone conversation, to an appointment with an Australian woman stranded in Kisangani following the measures enacted against the Covid-19.
(In short smile), it’s me, ”she replies.
Mélissa, in her late thirties, an Australian woman married to Joseph Bagala, all confined to Kisangani. Her handsome man is also Australian but of Italian origin.
Both are overseen by a non-profit development NGO called UMU, Un Monde Uni, set up on its own funds, almost two months ago with the aim of usefully helping the Congolese population.
In an exclusive interview given to www.kis24.info in early July 2020, Mélissa, seated next to her Joseph, tells us with passion about her life in Kisangani coupled with the ordeal lived as far from her family.
It’s been almost four months that I have been outside my country, Australia and all my family, my parents. Me with Joseph Bagala we are now stranded in Kisangani in the DRC. A few days after arriving here, we were surprised by the measures against Covid-19, but we already had our plane tickets for the start of the school year. These tickets no longer make sense today given the flight time exceeded … ”
As passionate about the DRC, Mélissa is terrified of her stays in this country. She has Congolese friends but local languages remain a challenge for her.
Yes, (laughs) I have friends here, I collaborate with everyone, I love the Congo and its people. Local languages are a challenge for me, Lingala, Swahili and others. Saying Mbote (laughs, editor’s note Hello) does me well. But I am touring Opala, the children beyond loved me with Joseph and most of these children are beginning to speak English. .. ”
” Like any other person who has a feeling, I miss my family very much (short tears) …” Mélissa, in front of our cameras, mumbles her words and has immediate thoughts for her family. Joseph calms her. It is the beginning of the ordeal for this Australian woman.
After confinement, what will you do? Without wobbling, Mélissa is ecstatic ” to rutun “.
Well, I have concerns, I want to go home. It’s been four months since I miss my children. We are talking on watsapp video but it is not enough. I miss the old life madly. No reunion at the beach. I am limited. I like Congolese food but not too much. With us, care is free, I often get sick here… ”
Despite all these challenges, Mélissa does not get angry. Kisangani is a caring city for her.
From this city, she takes pleasure in greeting her Australian family. The thirties also want to see the support of the Congolese government in an attempt to get out of this unprecedented threat.
With a smile on her face, Mélissa is radiantly confident of a prosperous future.