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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Catholic charity shelters Goma refugees
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¬†Aid agency CAFOD is working through its Rwandan partners in Gisenyi to bring immediate relief to the hundreds of thousand of refugees fleeing from the volcano eruptions in Congo. Fr. Oswald Musoni, director of CARITAS Goma, working with CAFOD, said: "The situation is still very, very bad here and people are suffering because they have nothing to eat and nowhere to shelter. "The streets are completely packed with refugees who have no shelter or food or drink. It is very cold and there are many children among them. Some children became separated from their parents when they were fleeing from Goma and are very distressed. People in Gisenyi have been taking them into their homes to look after them. The situation is really chaotic. We are very frightened the gas and oil reserves at the airport will explode as we are only one kilometre away." "We have been taking as many people as we can into churches and schools to give them some shelter and we are now trying to make arrangements to get food for them. Food and water are the most important things we need at the moment some of these people haven't eaten or drunk anything for days," he added. CAFOD's partners are arranging for a convoy of food to be brought in by road and are in close touch with colleagues in Kigali who are looking into the logistics of getting more supplies to the town. They are working closely with other agencies to co-ordinate relief efforts. The charity has pledged £50,000 for food and supplies and are working with sister agencies throughout Europe. They are hoping to fly in supplies from Germany.
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