Some Zimbabweans find the good side of the cholera crisis

More than 1000 people were now known to have died of cholera in Zimbabwe as the epidemic continued, but...

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Residents of Budiriro, where the epidemic first started, said that at least now they were supplied with soap and tablets to purify their water.

Those commodities were hard to come by for months before the crisis.

Better still, some aid agencies had offered jobs to township residents, helping in a cholera clinic.

The work was tough, feeding and cleaning cholera patients, but the pay could be as much as 400 US dollars way above average incomes there.

One resident said that kind of money plus a generous transport allowance had changed the lives of some township families.

Families in Budiriro were also feeling more secure, now that they knew they could get treatment for cholera, thanks to the work of international aid agencies.