Imamu* and her son Jolie* left everything behind at their home in Goma when they saw the sky illuminate with fire from the Nyiragongo volcano in the DRC.
Nyiragongo Volcano Erupts in the DRC: Facts, FAQs and How to Help
On May 22, lava flow from the sudden eruption of Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) destroyed homes, schools and vital infrastructure across the city of Goma, cutting off power and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people.
Under the threat of another eruption, tens of thousands of people have fled Goma once again. Children and families have been forced to neighboring towns and into Rwanda, where the situation on the border in Rubavu district is desperate.
Here's what you need to know about the volcano eruption in Goma, including the subsequent earthquakes, Save the Children's emergency response and how to help children impacted by the DRC volcano.
What's happening with the DRC's Nyiragongo Volcano?
On May 22 around 6:00 pm, a volcanic eruption started from the Nyiragongo Volcano, north of Goma city in the DRC.
The lava flow initially moved towards the northeast, and then moved South and South East towards the city of Goma. The eruption came as a surprise causing a generalized panic amongst the population of the city of Goma and its surroundings.
How have children been impacted by the DRC volcano eruption?
How is Save the Children helping families and children impacted by the volcanic eruption in the DRC?
Save the Children has worked in the DRC for more than 25 years, including in Goma where we have a strong relationship with local communities, partner NGOs and officials.
Currently, we are working with local partners to support the reunification of children with their families.
“Our primary focus is the protection of all children," said Amavi Akpamagbo, Save the Children’s Country Director in DRC, "particularly through family tracing and reunification. Mental health and psychological support is a key component to offer to affected communities and children.”
How can you help families and children impacted by the volcanic eruption in the DRC?
Your donation to the Children's Emergency Fund can help provide immediate relief to children and families in the DRC and around the world who have been impacted by disaster. Donate today.
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