I am from Bossangoa
Moustapha Adjaro, MSF nursing assistant, Central African Republic
Moustapha Adjaro, MSF nursing assistant, Central African Republic

I am an orphan from Bossangoa. My mum died when I was 5, and I was 12 when my father passed away. I was studying in the capital during the outbreak of the conflict, and so I came back here. MSF launched a recruitment test to hire some staff. I applied for the nursing assistant position and I got it. I was among the 20 candidates who were successful during the exam. I started as a volunteer at the Muslim area of Ecole Liberte for two months, and I got a four month contract with MSF.

There are many reasons for my departure. One is that my brothers and grandfather were slaughtered here. Also, Muslims are not wanted here. If the situation were okay I would stay and work. But to stay here alone, this is a risk. I just want to move to save my life. I was here when trucks came to take my wife and kids to Chad. I’m still waiting my turn. They promised to come right back, but its been a couple months.

My daughter is three and called Fanya Mustafah. My son is Zacharia Mustafah, and he is only 12 days old. I expect my children to be important people for this country when the situation recovers in the future. But for now I have to take them with me and stay somewhere until the situation allows me to bring them back here.

Moustapha was evacuated from Bossangoa to Chad with the rest of the local Muslim community on April 11, 2014

Over one year has passed since the coup d’état, and fighting between armed groups, the Seleka and the anti-Balaka, has plunged the Central African Republic into chaos.

People from the town of Bossangoa and its surrounding area were some of those hard hit. Homes and fields were burned, and people were killed.

The Christian population took refuge at the local Catholic Mission, and Muslim civilians fled first to a school called Ecole Liberte, and then by truck convoys to relative safety in Chad.

A handful of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) workers in Bossangoa witnessed it all