UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – DR Congo volcano aid operation

In this week’s 15-minute UN Catch-Up podcast, we hear from the UN aid team that’s been caught up in the terrifying volcanic eruption in DR Congo’s Goma city. Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, covering Ethiopia’s Tigray, COVID in Africa and a global biodiversity regeneration call. With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes. Thanks for listening.


How the DR Congo volcano emergency gave new insight to humanitarian management

Aid workers are usually sufficiently prepared to overcome whatever challenges they face, but what about a volcanic eruption?

That’s what happened to the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) team in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, when lava started pouring from Mount Nyiragongo on 22 May.

To talk about the experience from Goma, here’s Jackie Keegan, head of the agency’s office in the city, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

People displaced by fighting between M23 and FARDC set up camp on the outskirts of Goma.
MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Warring parties in eastern DR Congo must protect civilians, UN agencies urge

United Nations humanitarian agencies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) strongly condemned the attacks that killed and wounded a number of civilians today as fighting flared between Government and rebel forces near the eastern city of Goma, and urged the parties to “take all precautions” to avoid such acts, and to allow access to relief workers.