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DR Congo: Tens of thousands flee their homes in fear of volcanic eruptions

A home for people with disabilities had to be evacuated. Malteser International supports the local partner to provide food for the people. Photo: Congrégation des Frères de la Charité/Malteser International

Malteser International is providing support for people with disabilities

Cologne/Ariwara. Tens of thousands of people have fled from the eastern Congolese city of Goma amid warnings of an imminent volcanic eruption from Mount Nyiragongo. Last Saturday, an eruption from Nyiragongo, Africa’s most active volcano, killed 15 people and displaced 20,000 people from their homes.

Roland Hansen, Head of the Africa department at Malteser International said: “We are working with a Catholic organization on the ground to ensure that people with disabilities receive the support they need while they are being evacuated. We will provide them with food and essentials.

The situation is still uncertain, and it is unclear how the situation will develop in the coming hours and days. What we know is that state structures are overburdened by the situation. Therefore, we are already on standby to provide help to people with disabilities as they are already vulnerable and can hardly meet their own needs.”

Although the Goma airport is closed and aid organizations have been called to leave the city, a relief team from Ariwara in the country’s northern province of Ituri is currently assessing deployment options.

Malteser International has been working in the DR Congo since 1996, working to improve healthcare and ensure food and nutrition security.

Note to editors: 
Roland Hansen, Head of Africa Department at Malteser International is available for interviews.

Press Contact: 
Katharina Kiecol
Tel.: +49 (0)221 98227 181
katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org

 

Find out more on Malteser International’s work in the DR Congo.

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Katharina Kiecol
+49-(0)221-9822-7181
Email: katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org

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