It’s early morning in the city of Goma and news of the rebel advancement in the night is unclear.
Last night as the sun went down, M23 rebels faced an army of Congolese tanks just a few hundred meters away and very close to Virunga’s alternative energy center on the northern edge of Goma.
A camp of 60,000 displaced people north of Goma completely vacated as M23 advanced on the city, taking the plastic tarps and what they could carry. Reports say thousands of new refugees have fled the fighting.
The staff, rangers, and ranger families at the park headquarters of Rumangabo are thankfully safe.
For more information from yesterday’s fighting around Goma, check out these stories from the few reporters on the ground: