On February 22, 2015, Noela Rukundo Rose From The Dead.
Passers by might have thought it odd to see a woman waiting in her car outside of the funeral service that was being held in a home in King’s Park, a sfuburb of Melbourne. What they couldn’t have known is that while Noela Rukundo was sitting in her car, she was supposed to be inside the funeral service. In fact, she was supposed to be dead; the funeral was for her.
Noela’s husband, Balenga Kalala, emerged from the house, and Noela made her move. She explained in an interview with the BBC, “When I get out of the car, he saw me straight away. He put his hands on his head and said, ‘Is it my eyes? Is it a ghost?'” He poked her shoulder to see if his eyes were truly betraying him.
“Surprise,” was Rukundo’s reply. “I’m still alive!”
You would think Kalala would be elated to see the wife that he thought to be dead – the problem was, Kalala wanted Noela dead. Earlier that same week, the couple was thousands of miles away in Burundi when Kalala paid a band of hitmen to off his wife of 10 years. How was this possible?
You’d better believe that Noela, a woman who’s just risen from the dead, had been on quite a journey to make it to this day, and boy, did she have a plan up her sleeve for Kalala.
Keep reading to find out how Noela Rukundo survived a murder attempt and pulled off this incredible stunt!
One Week Earlier In Burundi
Earlier in February, 2015, Rukundo’s stepmother had died, and she and husband Kalala flew over from Melbourne to attend the funeral. After the service she was feeling sad and emotionally exhausted, so she went back to her hotel room to lay in bed.
That’s when she got a phone call from her husband. “He told me to go outside for fresh air,” Rukundo told BBC. The couple has three children together, and Rukundo has five children from a previous marriage. Surely, her husband must know what tremendous stress she’s under.
The Thought Would Have Been Sweet, If Her Husband’s Intentions Weren’t Cruel
When Rukundo took her husband’s advice and went outside the hotel for a little hair, she was immediately assaulted by a man who held her at gunpoint. “Don’t scream,” he told her. “If you start screaming, I will shoot you. They’re going to catch me, but you? You will already be dead.”
Horrified, Rukundo complied and was led into a car where she was then blindfolded. They drove for more than half an hour before the car finally came to a building where she was brought inside and tied to a chair. The scenario right out of anyone’s worst nightmares.