Mount Nyiragongo erupted on May 22, 2021, causing a large lava flow. Tens of thousands of area residents fled their homes and hundreds of families were separated in the chaos. According to UNICEF USA, the lava flow destroyed 17 villages as it approached Goma. The area then experienced a 5.3 earthquake on May 25, 2021, along with over 200 aftershocks and enormous cracks in the ground. Today the North Kivu military governor ordered the evacuation of nearly a third of the residents of Goma, resulting in even more displacement in the DRC and adjacent areas in Rwanda.
FPT is now making an urgent appeal for funds to: a) provide emergency support to our AVP and HROC facilitators, some of whom have been displaced, and other vulnerable people, and b) to offer Listening Sessions and HROC workshops once the situation has stabilized for displaced residents.
If you wish to donate, you can donate online at friendspeaceteams.org. In “Designate your gift,” please select “other” and type “AGLI/North Kivu.” Or, you can send a check to Friends Peace Teams, 1001 Park Ave. St. Louis, MO 63104 and note “AGLI/North Kivu” on your check.