VIDEO: Former Bugesera islanders revel in new homes

One of the houses given to vulnerable families in Rwanda.

In 2014 when The New Times’ photographer visited Sharita Island, Antoine Mukeshimana was still recovering from an amputated leg from a nasty encounter with a hippo that attacked him together and his neighbour in a papyrus marshland.

Mukeshimana, 39, was born and raised on Sharita Island located in Lake Rweru, Bugesera District.


One eventful morning, he woke up to go harvest papyrus for commercial use.

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