After 11 years of living as a refugee in Australia, a mother of eight returned to her hometown in east Africa to attend a family member’s funeral.
In 2015, Noela Rukundo was relaxing in her hotel room when her husband, Balenga, called her. He casually suggested she step outside for some air.
But as Noela stood outside in the sun, a man suddenly approached her with a gun, forced her into a car, and drove them to a remote building.
Before she knew it, Noela was tied up and being held captive by a group of kidnappers.
“What did you do to this man?” the kidnappers asked her. “Why has this man asked us to kill you?’”
Noela, terrified beyond belief, had no clue what they were talking about.
Frustrated for answers, the kidnappers proceeded to call the man who hired them to murder Noela and put him on speakerphone. The wife and mother quickly realized the man’s voice on the other end of the line was coming from her own husband.
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In 2004, Noela Rukundo, a mother of eight, arrived in Australia as an African refugee.
So did a man named Balenga Kalala, whom she eventually married.