Riots in New Caledonia: Nelly Daynac Émue on CNews

17 May 2024 / Interviews

This Friday, Pascal Praud in his morning show on CNews spoke with emotion about the recent riots in New Caledonia. For an in-depth analysis, the presenter invited journalist Nelly Daynac, who spent her childhood on the island, on set.

The program began with the broadcast of the moving testimony of a resident of New Caledonia, currently barricaded with friends and their children. “We are confined between women, friends from the same neighborhood, each with two children. They are five years old, seven years old, ten years old, nine years old... We are left to our own devices because our men are at the front, hidden... We know our husbands are there, with rioters in front, armed now. They ruined our island! “, she said, describing the destruction of essential infrastructure such as pharmacies and schools. Visibly devastated, she confided: “I’m 39 years old. I called my mother in tears. I cried like a child. I cried like a baby, telling her, 'Mom, I'm scared.' I told him to call the radio…”.

Nelly Daynac was deeply touched by this testimony. Pascal Praud underlined the personal impact of these events on the journalist, who recalled painful memories of her childhood during the unrest of 1984-1988 in New Caledonia. “I saw my father go to one of these barricades at night, because we were afraid of an imminent attack. There you go… I experienced that too… Running water cuts. Curfews. All that was my daily life as a little girl,” she said.

Comparing current events with those of the 80s, Nelly Daynac stressed that the current situation is much worse. “When I see what’s happening today, I tell myself that the 80s were really nothing compared to that. However, I assure you. It traumatized an entire generation,” she said. The journalist also highlighted the crucial role of women in these moments of crisis, mentioning two of her childhood friends who participate in the rounds in Nouméa.

This episode of “L'heure des pros” thus highlighted the seriousness of the riots in New Caledonia and the deep emotional impact on those who were confronted with them, recalling the memories of a generation marked by similar unrest.