COPING WITH COVID-19 AND VOLCANO, GOMA IS SCREAMING : SOS

esther atosha
Posted June 2, 2021 from Democratic Republic of the Congo
the population of Goma heading to Sake
the population of Goma heading to Bukavu
the population of Goma heading to Bukavu (1/6)

On the evening of May 22, 2021, the population of GOMA believed they were spending a weekend like any other: walking around, visiting friends, strolling through the city's tourist sites and returning to the family before 7 p.m. because of an alarming insecurity of the city. Around 6:00 p.m. they saw the sky colored with a very ambient red light.

Being aware of volcanic mountains that the city possesses, the population believed that it was an extraordinary evening where nature was displaying its magnificent beauty.

Indeed it was an extraordinary day marking a new hatch of odious memories of years 1977 and 2002. The heat became more and more intense, the mountain of Nyiragongo spat out lava. The lava was advancing destroying everything in its path.

From now on to insecure situations, to repeated wars, to violence and monstrous massacres, to epidemic diseases that the eastern region is experiencing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; In addition, there is the covid-19 pandemic and the gigantic volcanic eruption.

Faced with an accomplished fact of enigmas , of the pandemic and now of the volcanic eruption; the population had no other choice but to save their life from Mr. "the giant".

Under a movement of "save who can," thousands of people had to evacuate the city . Some took refuge in SAKE (a village  located about twenty kilometers from Goma) and others Had to cross Lake Kivu to take refuge in Bukavu. Others crossed Rwanda's borders to an unknown destination as long as their lives would be saved from volcano .

We watched the comings and goings of women trying to free their children and the investments of their families under a massive earthquake on .Nearly 400,000 people are currently displaced, in the neighboring province of South Kivu, the neighboring region of Masisi and further north. A few thousand people have also found refuge in Rwanda.

The shock is also that of the balance sheet. If this eruption is less serious than those of 1977 and 2002, the lava flows, which stopped at  the city's gates , still caused about thirty deaths, a massive destruction of the roads and completely destroyed between 900 and 2,500 homes, according to initial estimates.

The city of Goma had already made enormous progress to be ranked the 3rd city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today its people are going trough a very difficult time.

the night of friday 28th, we welcomed in our 4 bedroom house 2 families coming from goma looking for accommodation in bukavu. these two families of 8 and 9 sleep in our small living room and others on the floor in our small rooms. the city of bukavu has already registered more than 200 children who were lost to their parents during the flight

 GOMA IS SCREAMING :SOS

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Jensine Larsen
Jun 02
Jun 02

Esther, I am stunned by the scale of this tragedy - thank you for your leadership in communicating this to the world and what you and the women entrepreneurs are doing now to support the families. We need to see this reality behind the headlines.

esther atosha
Jun 07
Jun 07

dear Jensine!
Thank you for your encouraging comment. absolutely we are in a generation where we should no longer remain indifferent to the society problems
in sisterhood

Olutosin
Jun 02
Jun 02

WELLDONE my dearest sister. It was a such calamity at the wrong time.... no time is right for any disaster but the world is fighting Covid-19 already. Its a handful.
Thank you very much for taking the leadership mantle at this critical time in history. May you find the needed resources to relieve the people.

esther atosha
Jun 07
Jun 07

thank you so much dear!
indeed, we have the finger crossed to reach the target
sending hugs and love

Nini Mappo
Jun 05
Jun 05

Dear Esther,
Thank you for helping us to see the individual caught up in this disaster, and not just the generic view. And for your compassionate leadership in housing and caring for those who fled to safety. Your family is so generous to house two families, and I pray that their needs are resolved quickly so that they can readjust to life and find a and resources to start rebuilding their lives. I always enjoy reading your stories.
I hope that you are well and hopeful in spite of the disruption brought on by this eruption. God be with you all.

esther atosha
Jun 08
Jun 08

hello NIni
always a pleasure to read your back your support . thank you so much for this love
sending hugs and love

mugoli
Jun 11
Jun 11

It was a situation that got everyone in the DRC moving. Every family in Bukavu has found visitors in the context of migration following the volcanic eruption which caused damage in the town of goma. I can say courage to share with us this tragedy which marks this event.