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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 16:59 GMT
In pictures: Refugee crisis
As the lava still cools over the ruins of Congolese town of Goma following the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, some 200,000 refugees have flooded back to the area, despite supplies of food and medical supplies running desperately short.

For the 50,000 that remain displaced in Rwandan refugee camps, supplies are scarce and the threat of disease remains constant.

Congo refugees walk back to Goma
Despite safety warnings, many civilians want to return home


Some remain crowded in makeshift tents in Rwanda


...where they queue to be registered on a UN food list

A refugee argues with a Red Cross worker over listing for food distribution
People are growing more desperate for food and supplies

Refugee children
Children are some of the worst affected

Child carrying a sheet of iron walks on solidified lava
Despite the dangers some try to rebuild their homes

Click here for pictures of aftermath of the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo

See also:

20 Jan 02 | Africa
Cholera fear for volcano refugees
18 Jan 02 | Africa
Congo volcano 'kills dozens'
18 Jan 02 | Sci/Tech
Congo volcano: The facts
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