Goma, 23 June, 2021 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Ireland have, through their overseas development agency, Trócaire, facilitated the procurement and distribution of food to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees seeking shelter in Rwanda after the eruption of Mt. Nyiragongo.
Some 8,000 Congolese are said to have fled to neighboring Rwanda following the May 22 volcanic eruption. Another thirty people were reported dead and at least 500 houses flattened by the lava flow.
In a Tuesday, June 22 report, Trócaire officials say the financial and technical aid has been offered to their local partner, Caritas Nyundo.
“Trócaire has been able to provide financial and technical support to Caritas Nyundo, for the distribution of food to vulnerable Congolese families,” officials of the agency say in the report authored by Nóirín Byrne.
They add that a sum of 20,000 Euros was availed to the development arm of the Rwandan Diocese of Nyundo "straight away for this support to happen."