In the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 15 people were killed and thousands more forced to flee their homes as lava from a volcano near the city of Goma reached their villages and neighborhoods. Residents blamed the government for failing to warn them of the impending eruption.
Ernestine Kabuo: “I was with my husband, who is too old, and he didn’t want to leave the house because he was sick. He couldn’t walk. I said to myself, 'I can't go alone. We’ve been married for the best and for the worst.’ I went back to at least try to get him out, but couldn’t. I ran away, and he got burned inside. I don’t know what to do. I curse this day.”
Lava from the eruption flowed to within a mile of Goma’s main airport, but the city of 1 million people appears to have been spared.