– 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.
photographs by Prof. Allen Hobson. Lay reader from St Luke's Church
- Shop fronts in Goma.
- Goma town inspecting the damage.