BUBANZA May 25th (ABP) – The apparent lack of drinking water in the village of Ryerangabo, Bubanza commune (north-west of Burundi), has led to the abandonment of families in these days. This is because women do not support paid field work, far from home, and the search for water for the kitchen and the shower of their husbands, every day, according to the local administration and information sources on the site.
According to the head of Ryerangabo unit, Mr. Thaddée Manirakiza, that eight-year-old village hosts more than 146 households. Residents on the site live from paid field work in the fields of others because they do not have landed property.
As for the apparent lack of drinking water in that village, that local authority indicates that at least 20 family abandonments have already been recorded, due to the fact that women in that locality are overloaded with field tasks and the search for water for cooking and hygiene.
Mrs. Berthe Mpawenimana, one of the victims of abandonment, met on site on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, said that her husband abandoned her, with her 4 children, to found the other home in Buramata. She says that her husband has never understood that she is not able to go to work in the fields in Gihanga commune and to draw water for the shower of that man, every day, and ended up leaving.
The same goes for Mr. Pascal Nyandwi, butcher at the Bubanza market and resident of the village of Ryerangabo. He said his wife abandoned him because he demanded water for the shower daily, while the woman complained that she came home tired, a check by ABP revealed.
The administrator of Bubanza commune, Mrs. Olive Niyonkuru, contacted via telephone, reassured them and indicated that the procedures are underway for the supply of drinking water in the village of Ryerangabo.