May 2021

Mount Nyiragongo Eruption - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Many have been left homeless, grieving or traumatised by the recent volcanic eruption just outside the city of Goma, DRC. Today we ask you to please stand in prayer with all those who have been impacted.

On the evening of Saturday, 22 May, around 7:00 pm, Mount Nyiragongo erupted. Our ministry partner HEAL Africa, who run a hospital in the centre of the city, describe the terrifying events which unfolded: 

“Along the streets of Goma, the smell of sulphur was evident. Then the sky turned red. Mount Nyiragongo suddenly erupted. Lava flowed towards Rwanda and into Goma’s city limits, a population of about 2 million people. By Sunday morning, the lava flow came to a halt, stopping approximately 2km from the airport. Reports indicate that the direction of the lava followed a similar pattern to that of the eruption in 2002 and 1977, towards the city centre, where our hospital is situated.”

A community left in chaos 

While the HEAL Africa hospital remained untouched, the community around it was not. The eruption left people in chaos and panic, not knowing what to do and where to go, in the midst of an evacuation order, the majority fleeing on foot. It left thousands displaced and thousands crossing the border into Rwanda.

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Five of HEAL Africa’s staff, who live near the airport, lost their homes. Staff who are able, are working away from the hospital, per government mandate, as reports of tectonic activity continue. The team share their gratitude for the outpouring of support they have received:

“We are are still waiting to learn more about the impact the eruption has had on the community. The death toll continues to rise and so does the number of people displaced. Thank you for the kind notes, prayers, concerns, and well-wishes. We know this situation hits close to home for many of you who came alongside us, during the eruption in 2002.  By God’s grace we were able to rebuild with your compassion and commitment to the work we do in DRC.”

Stand in prayer

Please pray for all those who have been impacted, and the days to come as people try to rebuild their lives. Praise God that the HEAL Africa hospital was spared from damage. 

If you would like  to support HEAL Africa as they respond to those in need, then you can do so below. Your financial support and prayers are very much appreciated. Thank you.