Lepage spoke passionately about the seriousness of the news stories surrounding the Central African Republic conflict that are not covered by the mainstream media: “I can’t accept that people’s tragedies are silenced simply because no one can make money out of them,” she said. “I decided to do it myself, and bring some light to them no matter what.”
In November 2013, the UN warned the Central African Republic was at risk of spiraling into genocide, was “descending into complete chaos”. and France described the country as “…on the verge of genocide”.
A week before her death, Lepage’s last entries on Instagram and Twitter said that she was traveling by motorbike for hours with an anti-balaka militia down routes chosen to avoid checkpoints of African peacekeepers to Amada Gaza about 120 km away from Berbérati, where 150 people had been killed by Séléka rebels since March.
On May 13, 2014, Lepage’s body was found by French peacekeeping troops patrolling in the Bouar region west of the country in a vehicle driven by anti-balaka rebels. Father Jean Maruis Zoumaldé, director of Radio Siriri in the region, said she had been in an area where there was intense fighting between the two sides. She had reportedly been traveling near the CAR border with Cameroon when she became caught up in fighting.