Speaking to journalists May 29, Bishop Willy Ngumbi Ngengele of the Catholic Diocese of Goma said that with a large number of people needing assistance, people from neighboring cities need to “open their doors and receive the displaced.”
He further invited the Clergy and Religious with means of transport to “make them available to vulnerable people.”
Bishop Ngumbi cautioned the inhabitants of Goma against rushing to return to their respective homes saying “they must remain attentive and vigilant while waiting for the decision of the authorities, because the volcano is unpredictable.”
In the June 1 report by ACN International, Sr. Florida appeals for help from benefactors of the Catholic charity, saying, “We appeal to your benefactors to continue supporting ACN so that it can help the needy and disadvantaged people. And we pray to the Lord that he may continue to protect his people and take pity on them. And I ask your benefactors throughout the world to pray for our country, especially for those in the East.”
She says that amid the fear of another volcanic eruption, innocent civilians continue to be massacred in the province of North Kivu.
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The Religious Sister makes reference to the ongoing terrorism that has been inflicted by armed militias in the Eastern Provinces of DRC for many years now.
The people of the DRC are counting spiritually and materially on the benefactors of ACN, she insists, adding, “Please lift up your voices to the Lord and ask him to avert this catastrophe, for the sake of His great glory.”
Meanwhile, members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), a Missionary Congregation that has been working in the DRC for more than 100 years, have relocated vulnerable children from two institutions in the city of Goma to a safer place.
In their Tuesday, June 1 report published by Mission Newswire, the leadership of the Don Bosco Ngangi Center in Goma says that the 250 children were moved from the “Ushindi orphanage home” and St. Kizito Institute where they lived under deplorable conditions.
“Don Bosco Ngangi Center was providing accommodations for 250 children in two sites until a new evacuation order forced them to move the children again,” SDB leadership says, adding that the “Mama Marguerite home” cares for 135 girls and small children while the “Gahinja home” has 95 children and boys up to age 19.
SDB members and the children have reportedly been moved to Shasha, a city located about 40 km from Goma, where the Salesians have a plantation of several hectares.
In the June 1 report, a Salesian missionary is quoted as saying, “A miracle happened, because the lava flow from the nearby volcano stopped a few meters from the Don Bosco Ngangi Center. The conditions in which these children are housed are precarious. No water, no electricity, no space to play, and not enough food.”
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.