Residents of Cyenkwanzi cell in Karama sector of Nyagatare District have spent over fifteen years using dirty black swamp water in all their daily activities, a reason that pushes them to cry for aid.
Area residents narrate that they last used tap water before the year 2000 when pipes were in use, but when they got spoiled nobody repaired them for us.
Uwimana, Cyenkwanzi cell resident says: “We use this dirty water from the swamp in cooking, washing, bathing and drinking.”
To make matters worse, you find children fetching water on one side while others are swimming on the other side.
While residents say they tried to repair the pipes themselves but later failed due to insufficient funds, Cyenkwanzi cell leadership assures the residents that advocacy has been made and the problem will soon be resolved.
Astherie Nyiraneza, Assistant leader of Cyenkwanzi cell in charge of social affairs asserts: “We did not keep quiet to this problem; we constantly report it to our higher authorities who assures us it will be over in no time.”
Apart from dirty swamp water, fetching it from far is a problem as well.
John Mugabo says: “Our children wake up very early to go fetching in the swamp before going to school. Mosquitoes bite them in addition to coldness which might cause them malaria.”
There are four water taps in Cyenkwanzi cell but because the pipes are destroyed, taps have no use.