Rwanda: 7 people killed by crocodiles as dry spell continues


At least seven people have been killed by crocodiles on the banks of Nyabarongo River this month, according to locals.

Residents in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, say at least seven people have been killed by crocodiles during the last month as they attempt to draw water from the Nyabarongo River.


Dry spell forcing residents to Nyarugenge River

A prolonged dry spell is forcing a growing number of people from the Nyarugenge and Kamonyi districts to seek water from the Nyarugenge River – with deadly consequences. The river has a history of crocodile attacks, prompting authorities to bar people from fetching water there.

However, the ongoing dry spell leaves people with few options and increases the risk of crocodiles attacking humans.

Marie Rose Mureshyankwano, governor of Rwanda’s Southern Province, confirmed the recent deaths and said the government is working to bring clean water to residents in both districts.

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.