Tens of thousands of people are fleeing the city of Goma and nearby towns in eastern Congo fearing another volcanic eruption by Mount Nyiragongo, which spewed lava near the city last week.
A new eruption could occur at any moment, the military governor of Congo’s North Kivu province, Lt. Gen. Constant Ndima Kongba, announced Thursday.
Crowds left the city carrying just a few belongings with them to seek shelter in Sake, Rutshuru and other places including neighbouring country, Rwanda.
The crisis caused by the volcano is not the only one in DR Congo, a country hit by violence among rebel groups and armed forces that every year takes the lives of hundreds of Congolese and leaves millions displaced.
“The number of people who were displaced by the volcano eruption was around six thousand people (by Wednesday). That’s the number of people displaced every single day over the last 12 months because of armed conflict. And they get no attention,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).