Print edition : July 12, 2013
Whose Nile is it?
This May 28 photograph shows the Blue Nile in Guba, Ethiopia, being diverted to facilitate construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance dam. Egypt demanded that Ethiopia stop the construction work and warned that “all options are open” if there is a threat to its water supply. The multi-billion-dollar dam, when completed, will be among the biggest in the world.
A war of words breaks out in north-eastern Africa as Egypt fears that the $4.7-billion dam Ethiopia is planning on the Blue Nile will curtail the flow of Nile waters to the country and encourage other basin states to emulate Ethiopia. By JOHN CHERIAN