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15 Dead, Thousands Left Homeless in Democratic Republic of Congo as Volcano Erupts Near Goma

HeadlineMay 24, 2021

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.

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