Posted by: dodoingoma | October 4, 2007

About Goma

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.

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  1. Hey Dodo, bring me back some of this exotic fruits!!!!!
    Are they as good as the caribbean ones?

  2. Definitely! Ripe mangoes, bananas, fruit I havent identified yet :)… it’s pure joy eating them.

  3. I have you sooooooooomuch, you lucky bastard!!!
    Ireland and it’s inexpensive apples…
    Do you have there jackfruit? or starfruit?otaiti apple…papayas…i’ll stop as it’s almost time to eat and I’m feeling my stomach crunching!

  4. What are the people like in Goma are they friendly or are they hostile to strangers?

    What do you intend to get out of your experience ?

  5. Well, I have to admit that I haven’t had much contact to locals yet. There’re two quite seperated worlds – the humanitarian and the local – and they usually dont overlap too much, except for the national staff, which however also dont usually take part in our private life s.a. parties, etc.
    You have to be a bit careful here because people are very friendly and helpful but – as msunguinafrica already said – they want sth for being helpful. They expect money and as a white person ur running around with dollar signs on your forehead. In general, however, everyone’s really friendly and it doesnt seem to be a war area really. People just live their lives as usual.


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