Morning in Mugunga camp

Mugunga is about 10km from Goma. The first people started setting up a makeshift camp in May after fighting in Ufumumba. By now the camp has grown into three sites and a fourth official camp will be opened in the coming days. The fighting in the last days has led to a large influx of new displaced. Registrations in the coming days will tell us how many there are but it should be well over fifteen thousand people and maybe into the twenties.

For a variety of reasons UNICEF and other humanitarian actors were slow to respond in Muganga. Since then we have assisted with distributions of non food items, construction of latrines, showers and the rehabilitation of the water distribution network. However new arrivals in the camp remain unassisted and our new projects for education, child friendly spaces, health and nutrition have yet to start.

To stay in touch with the people we work with I will be visiting the camp regularly to document their lives and develop a better understanding of their situation. On Saturday I went up early in the morning, met up with the committee for the displaced and asked if it would be alright to come to the camp from time to time. Fortunately they said yes and I spent the next couple of hours drifting through the camp as people got on with life, building huts, cooking, having breakfast.

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Taken on September 1, 2007