"A volcano changed Goma and the life of thousands" Goma by Bonobo2005
Goma Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 38 photos
On 17/01/2002 Mt. Nyiragongo erupted, about 15 km from the town of Goma.
A more than 100 meter wide river of lava thundered down the lower slopes of the volcano, right through the town into Lake Kivu, destroying everything on it's way.
I know one can hardly refer to Goma as a tourist destination. What had happened caused a huge humanitarian crisis.
That in mind, but also obsessively curious, I visited Goma for a day and what I saw is hard to imagine but reality...
Important to say is that much of Goma is still intact and in parts a very lively town; I just concentrate here on the effects of the eruption....
I found out that only notes of 5,10 and 20 Francs are in use (read: legal) in Goma. The bigger notes carry a portrait... more travel advice
Although very few of the former Lakeside establishments remain, the walk from town towards lake following the new road... more travel advice
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