Blood on the Nile is what’s coming if Egypt and Ethiopia continue their war of words over water

 

Donald Trump can actually help mediate the dispute before it escalates into violence

Ahmed Aboudouh
@AAboudouh

http://www.independent.co.uk

The Nile, one of the wonders of the natural world, finds itself the subject of an escalating war of words. It could turn the river from a source for civilisation and peace to a source of conflict.
War looms on the horizon after nine years of exhausting negotiations over damming the Nile by Ethiopia.

For thousands of years, Egypt built its ancient civilisation and the basis for its modern economy – not least the nation’s identity on the unstoppable flow of the Nile water. But, for the first time, it is threatened by thirst.

The Ethiopian Renaissance dam near the border with Sudan will be the biggest in Africa – a $4.6bn project. Ethiopia is leaning on it for electricity and a potential economic boost. Nevertheless, Egypt is worried that if the dam is filled too rapidly in the coming years, then it will not get its fair share of river’s water during that process. The dam is about 70 per cent built and Ethiopia plans on starting to fill it this July. They want it filled in seven years, Egypt thinks it should happen over 12 to 21 years to mitigate the impact on its water supplies.

After the three-way talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia failed, they settled on the US and the World Bank as external mediators. The uphill negotiations led by the US Treasury’s Steven Mnuchin have resulted in an agreement, which the US believes it “addresses all issues in a balanced and equitable manner, taking into account the interests of the three countries”.

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Water flows through Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. Picture taken September 26, 2019. (Reuters)

 

7 replies

  1. Why call on Donald Trump?? The USA only cares about their own interests. There is no US interest in the water of the Nile. Would it not be time that African countries (or any other for that matter) solve their own problems regionally rather than calling on Western nations?

    • Totally agree! Trump is DEFINITELY NOT the solution!!! And yes, Africa can solve it’s own problems if it will ONLY think INDEPENDENTLY for its own self-interest and NOT based on those of their former colonialists.

  2. Ethiopia has every right to use the Nile River in a fair and in selfless way unlike Egypt. It is inapropriete to think the River is a property of a single country.

    • Oh yes, definitely! After all the source of the Nile starts in the 3 E.African countries at L. Victoria and they don’t monopolize the water there.

      Therefore, all the countries through which the Nile passes should have equal rights to its use.

      What would happen if the 3 countries at its source were to do something at the source and deny the water of the Nile itself?!

      All of these countries should really equitably resolve their problems instead of calling on foreign selfish powers to solve their differences.

  3. “…Egypt is worried that if the dam is filled too rapidly in the coming years, then it will not get its fair share of river’s water during that process…. They want it filled in seven years, Egypt thinks it should happen over 12 to 21 years to mitigate the impact on its water supplies…” That’s Joseph’s dream for Pharaoh/Egypt in the holy Bible.

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