A tragic incident unfolded at a camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo, adding further misery to the lives of families who had already endured fatal flash floods and mudslides in May.
The incident, which occurred on August 20, 2023, resulted in the heartbreaking loss of seven young lives, as confirmed by local authorities.
The camp, situated in Mushonezo, had become a refuge for approximately 420 families from Bushushu village.
This village, located near Lake Kivu on the eastern border with Rwanda, had been ravaged by intense rain and landslides that claimed the lives of around 400 individuals back in May.
The fire that erupted on a fateful Saturday afternoon claimed the lives of seven innocent children.
Among the victims were two boys and four girls, all aged between one and five years old.
Thomas Bakenga, the regional administrator for the Kalehe region, expressed the heartbreaking details of the incident.
He revealed that the fire broke out in a hut located in the heart of the camp.
Tragically, a child was cooking inside the hut while the parents were absent, leading to the devastating blaze.
Destruction and Despair:
The scale of the tragedy was extensive, as approximately 360 huts made of plastic tarps and thatched roofs were engulfed in the flames.
Despite efforts to save these dwellings, the fire’s intensity proved insurmountable, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.
Appeal for Assistance:
Delphin Birimbi, the head of a local civic group, echoed the sentiment of grief and urgency.
He urged both the government and non-governmental organizations to provide aid and support to the disaster-stricken victims.
The magnitude of the disaster called for collective efforts to alleviate the suffering of those affected.
Amidst Ongoing Challenges:
The incident compounds the challenges faced by the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Already plagued by armed insurgencies against the central government, the eastern region of the country has also witnessed the displacement of thousands due to the earlier flooding and mudslides.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated that approximately 3,000 families had been left homeless as a result.
As the nation mourns the loss of these innocent lives and grapples with the aftermath of this devastating incident, the need for solidarity and support has become all the more pressing.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn