RWERU, RWANDA

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well and hand pump

Rweru Village is a rural village that is called a “Reconciliation Village”. “Reconciliation Villages” arose from the aftermath of the devastation of the country due to the horrific mass murder of the Tutsi tribe during the Rwanda Genocide in 1994 by the Hutu tribe.

There is no well in this village. The current water source is a small lake approximately one mile from the village. Water-related illness is common such as bilharzia (schistosomiasis – a disease caused by parasitic worms), cholera, and amoeba adversely affecting children and adults. Occasionally adults have drowned in the lake while fetching water, when the lake is high during the rainy season. Five people lost their lives in 2017.