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Aid arriving to the area of Mount Nyiragongo (Congo)
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Saturday, 26 January 2002
Following last weeks eruption of Mount Nyiragongo and the damage caused by lava flows to the nearby city of Goma, aid began to trickle into the area, with Canada contributing $1.7 million in emergency relief and the US providing $500,000 in wool blankets, water jugs, 10-liter water containers, dust masks and plastic sheeting. Up to half a million Congolese were left homeless or hungry by the eruption. As the Briefing went to press, water supplies were being re-established and additional aid was en route to the area. In other news, the government condemned the international communitys "silence" on the redeployment of Ugandan troops in the Northeast of the country, which it claims is in violation of the 1999 Lusaka Accord. In more news, after a visit to the region, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his French counterpart, Hubert Vedrine reported that they had failed to persuade DRC and Rwandan leaders to join in peace talks.

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