Crocodiles Kill 7 in Rwanda

Crocodiles have killed seven people along the banks of the Nyabarongo River this month.

According to residents in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, the recent dry spell has left the Nyarugenge and Kamonyi districts increasingly dependent on the river for water.

The crocodiles have been terrorising the area by attacking both people and livestock as they approach the river for water.

Kigali resident, Donata Mukanyana lost a family member to a crocodile just two weeks ago.

“My husband was killed by the crocodile on a Friday morning when he had just gone to fetch water from the river…We immediately rushed to the river when we heard screams from passersby. We shouted at the crocodile so that it can release his body, but all in vain,” she recounted.

According to another resident, Jean Marie Habimana, these attacks have been going on for years.

“If the government avails us with water near to our homes, there would be no need of going to Nyabarongo River to fetch water. We appeal for long-term and permanent solution to crocodile attacks [sic],” he said.

Governor of Rwanda’s Southern Province, Marie Rose Mureshyankwano, said that the government is working to provide clean water to those affected.

Security forces managed to kill one of the man-eating crocodiles last week. The government has also asked people to stop fetching water from the Nyabarongo River.