The newest work hazard in the Eastern DRC: Hot Lava. I opened up my Goma office e-mail this morning to receive a letter from L’Observatoire Volcanologique de Goma warning of a “lake of active lava in the Nyirangongo volcano,” that you know, might explode. While the Observatory claims the recent volcanic activity doesn’t represent a serious danger to local populated areas, Reuters reports:
“Red Cross volunteers are on alert to help the population, which still has memories of the (2002) eruption … which displaced around 400,000 people,” Zebe Kitabingo, head of the local chapter of the Congolese Red Cross, said in a statement.
Nothing quite like a bit of volcanic activity to keep humanitarian workers on their toes, and of course, screw the local population.