Rains and Rivers

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Heavy rains fill the riverbeds of Bench Maji, creating a beautiful aesthetic of flowing streams, interspersed with green forestry.

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However, all that glitters is not gold, and Manyazewal who was playing in the rivers with his friends a few weeks ago is now missing school because he is lying in bed with schistosomiasis, a painful disease caused by parasitic worms.  

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Schistosomiasis (otherwise known as Bilharzia or Snail Fever) is a devastating disease caused by free-swimming parasitic worms, which affects over 200 million people across 78 countries in Africa, Asia, and South America.