Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story #21-1, Rachel’s Well

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ]

Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari



It was a few days before Rachel’s Ninth Birthday in Seattle when she heard the story of a 13-year-old Ethiopian girl. Rachel learned that there are some Ethiopians who spend hours in the desert to fetch water by carrying a heavy jar on their backs. With no water systems or fresh water wells nearby, they often have to walk to nearby ponds, lakes, or rivers which can be kilometers away. Water may be muddy and full of germs, but it is still necessary to acquire enough for everyday life. 


Rachel’s mom told her that the water jars could weigh up to 30 kilograms if they were full. And often times, fetching water is a woman or a young girls’ job. 


The 13-year-old girl walked eight hours round trip in order to fresh water. Upon returning to the village, she still had to start a fire, cook food, and complete many other chores around the house. It can be understood that there was no time left for school or playing video games like many children do outside of the country. The average child living in the American suburbs could not begin to imagine the life that this 13-year-old Ethiopian girl lives. 


One day on her way back to the village, the girl fell and broke the water jar. The precious water spilt into the dry desert ground. The girl never returned home that day. Next morning, an old man from the same village came upon a horrifying sight. The girl was found hanging from a tree branch by her dress belt.