Well, how’s Goma?!?! Kinda difficult to explain… shame I can’t take any pictures!Goma has 500,000 inhabitants (I’m still wondering were they all are but then I guess it’s very spread out). On the one side there’s the lake – huge and beautiful – and on the other there’s the volcano – directly at the end of the city. It erupted in 2002 and is still smoking. The lava stones are still in the city, there’s a car/lorry graveyard, i.e. they have been buried by the lava (as lots of houses) and they’re still there looking half out of the soil.The roads are a nightmare, it’s like going over a mountain, like those off-road ralleys… let’s see how fast we can go, 20 kph or even 25??? They’re using the lava to build walls and even houses – one way to get them out of the way. Speaking of walls: every house (proper house, that is) is surrounded by a 2 meter wall and wire with a guard; and there’s a security company taking care of us too (we even have panic buttons at home).There’s a lot of Congolese military in the area but hardly any UN soldiers, they are in the field. It’s really green here and everything’s blossoming, very beautiful environment and the fruit is yummie!!! The temperature is really moderate, sometimes we even need a jacket :). And at the moment it’s pouring down every afternoon. There’s not much here but you can get everything. There’s even an Indian restaurant to which I’ve already been with my boss Brid.
Posted by: dodoingoma | October 4, 2007
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