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07 Feb 2002

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Goma – the position on Jan 27th.

The lava had destroyed the center of the town, including the power station. It lay about 6 feet deep over large areas.

Some power and water supplies had been restored at the edges of the town, with supplies to the east from Rwanda, and to the west from DRC. Many people had returned to Goma, and were living in overcrowded conditions on the two edges of the town. Several thousand people were still living in the camps, and the drift back seemed to have halted.

An unknown number of people were living with friends in Rwanda. Frank, the diocesan administrator in Ruhengeri, had 14, and one other staff member that I know of had 12. A family was living in the home of the western staff of Sonrise School.

Aid was arriving, although it had took quite some time to start. The resources of the diocese were stretched, and Bishop John was spending money from other projects. His youth center, now almost complete, formed the heart of the Cyuve camp.

So far as I know the mountain gorillas had not been affected, although there was some concern that some of their habitat may have been covered in ash.

Article and photographs by Prof. Allen Hobson.  Lay reader from St Luke's Church Formby.

Shop fronts in Goma.
Goma town inspecting the damage.
Close up of lava entering Lake Kivu.
Cyuve camp Bishop and Christian Aid.
Cyuve camp tents.
A Goma a side street.
 
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