UNICEF teams up with Radio Goma to help children in wake of volcano eruption

UNICEF teams up with Radio Goma to help children in wake of volcano eruption

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In the wake of the devastating volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo, UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, has teamed up with a local radio station to reunite children separated from their families.

UNICEF has identified more than 600 unaccompanied children in the DRC and Rwanda in the vicinity of the Mount Nyiragongo eruption. The agency hopes that broadcasting their names on Radio Goma will speed up the unification process.

Thus far, 31 children on the Rwandan side have been returned to their parents. UNICEF is seeking $660,000 to assist with the identification, tracing and reunification of the remaining children.

According to the UN's World Food Programme, which is providing aid in the area, some 346,831 people have received assistance in the DRC and Rwanda since the eruption two weeks ago.