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#MountNyiragongo Eruption: 200 Victims Receive Humanitarian Assistance

The Hand on Heart campaign is helping some of the victims of the Nyiragongo eruption in DR Congo.

Two hundred households that were victims of the Mount Nyiragongo eruption of May 22, 2021 have received assistance from the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The assistance that was granted under the “Hand on the Heart” campaign in collaboration with the Uhuru Knowledge Centre targeted pregnant women and vulnerable persons living with handicaps.

The campaign which started on June 29 and lasted until July 1, 2021 brought relief to 200 households in the Nyiragongo territory, Goma in North Kivu and in the Mujoga, EP Kayemeb and EP Kanyaruchinya sites.

“When we carried out a study on the ground and made statistics, we discovered that there were more than 400 women in one camp alone. Our target was three sites in Buzovu, EP Kahembe and Kanyarutshino. It was there that we went to assist pregnant women who are the most vulnerable as well as persons living with handicaps too,” said Jean-Marie Mushunganya, President of the Uhuru Knowledge Centre.

“Our objective was to assist 200 households. On Tuesday, we assisted 100 households and 100 others on Thursday.”

To alleviate the sufferings of persons in difficulty in the countryside, mattresses, bedsheets, foodstuff, beans, oil, sugar, and other products were distributed to pregnant women and other persons living with handicaps.

The activities started with sensitisation within the communities involving exchanges with women concerning their pregnancies and how they are able to survive in a camp during this crisis.

The Uhuru Knowledge Centre, had already carried out a campaign dubbed “Survival Kits For Goma” on June 9 during which it brought assistance to 160 families which are direct victims of the Mount Nyiragongo eruption and had lost their houses and belongings.

Diaspora Congolese in Belgium and Germany also participated in carrying out campaigns and assistance to the affected families.

A team of young Congolese in the German diaspora had also given aid to displaced victims of the mountain eruption currently housed in Sake before some of them arrived in Goma.

They undertook joint actions with the Uhuru Knowledge Centre and the Goma Actif organisation as well as the Keutsche Kongolesische Jugend Institut (Germano-Congolese Youth Institute) involving the distribution of cartons of bottled water, rice, maize flour and beans in six centres including Don Bosco, Institut Mululu and the Uhuru Knowledge Centre.

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