We are in Ruhengeri in the north of Rwanda now after a week in the southern part of the country, working on a story about malnutrition in the region and solutions to fight this problem. While of course there is a big visual part coming with it for the final multimedia piece and website, actually the main part is talking to a lot of people to get as much information as possible to get the full picture. So we spend our time talking to affected families, community health workers, nutritionists, NGOs, professors & doctors at the hospitals and agricultural experts.
Rwanda is a green and fertile country and no one would think from this first impression that malnutrition is a problem here. But the combination of lack of land (Rwanda is the maybe most densly populated country in Africa), lack of means and also quite often a lack of knowledge creates a cocktail of problems that leads to more than 230 cases of malnutrition with children under the age of five in august alone in the cells of local health center Mbazi.
As a side note, if you are wondering what happend to the HUMANS project as we don’t write too much about it in the last weeks – no worries, it is in full swing and we record lots of material for it that different people share with us. The only problem right now with the high workload we are dealing with at the moment is the editing of the films, what might not start getting into full swing before we come back to Europe in December.