A once-successful business person who ran a multi-million dollar interior design firm in Cameroon, Angele Nogue was stripped of nearly all she possessed. She lost it all, she said, in retaliation for caring for orphans and organizing marches that protested their increasing numbers caused by the country’s chaotic dictatorial policies.
Today an asylee and participant in NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture program, Ms. Nogue lost the business she built. She lost her home and homeland. Worst of all, she lost friends murdered by the government.
When Ms. Nogue tries to describe those who, unlike her, were unable to escape, survivor’s guilt leaves her sobbing.
Catholic Charities Refugee Social Services Program is helping Ms. Nogue rebuild her life. It provides her with counseling, social service support and job-readiness and placement services. Catholic Charities also provided her with metro cards to attend job interviews. And it provides her family with coats, clothes and essential housewares through its St. Nicholas program and food through its pantries and holiday programs.
She and her children currently live in a shelter. Her Catholic Charities case manager is helping the family find permanent housing and will provide further support when they move into their new home.
Now feeling stronger, Ms. Nogue has begun studying to become a registered nurse at Hostos Community College.