Rwandans Carry On, Side by Side, Two Decades After Genocide

MBYO, Rwanda — They awoke early and gathered along a plot of land here in this Rwandan village made up of a handful of homes. Together, they began hacking away at a grass-bare patch with long-handled garden hoes. The mission: Dig a drainage ditch alongside a row of homes that had been continuously flooding during rains.

Scenes like this one were playing out across Rwanda on this Saturday — a monthly day of service known as Umuganda.

The premise is simple and extraordinary in its efficient enforcement: Every able-bodied Rwandan citizen between the ages of 18 and 65 must take part in community service for three hours once a month. The community identifies a new public works problem to tackle each month. Read more at The New York Times.

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