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date: 19 October 2019

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo 1 million est. pop. 2012  

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Author(s):
Martin DOEVENSPECKMartin DOEVENSPECK

Goma in many ways epitomizes the many issues of sustainability facing Africans. The population is simultaneously threatened by two active volcanoes (which lure people to their slopes with their highly fertile soils) and potentially lethal explosive gases dissolved in the water of Lake Kivu; one of the volcanoes is the most active in Africa. Persisting armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and state institutions incapable of providing basic infrastructure, have had a severe impact on the quality of life of the rapidly growing population. Despite the hazardous environment, however, Goma is a dynamic city of opportunities for migrants fleeing warfare and seeking economic opportunity. ...

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