River Nile ”Renaissance” dam: The water war between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia


The Nile. The longest river in the world. And each country that it passes through wants to harness its power. In Ethiopia, a monster of concrete and steel is emerging on the banks of the Nile. The country wants the ‘Grand Renaissance Dam’ to be the driving force in its
economic rebirth. It will be the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa and will ensure Ethiopia’s energy independence, in a country where electricity demand is
rising by 30 percent each year. The problem: the Nile is not just Ethiopia’s, and it’s causing concern downstream in Egypt, a nation that has long controlled
the Nile power with its impressive Assouan Dam. To understand the potential
impact of the Ethiopian dam, one has to go to the Nile Delta. It’s the breadbasket of Egypt, home to 30 million people. Locals here worry for their whole way of life. “When the dam is finished our lives will be a misery. With the water now I can look after my fields but with this dam, the situation will get worse.” To cushion the blow, the Egyptian government has asked
farmers to look for alternative crops? Ones that aren’t so greedy for water. “Last year, we had rice everywhere here, but today we are required to plant other crops that consume less water, like cotton and corn.” Negotiations are underway with Sudan and Ethiopia to find a compromise. Egypt has proposed that the dam be filled over eight years, to minimize the lower water levels in the river. But Ethiopia won’t accept it
taking longer than four.

21 thoughts on “River Nile ”Renaissance” dam: The water war between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia

  1. The governments in Ethiopia and Egypt are unstable so any deal made could irrelevant with the next political upheaval in either country

  2. Yeah so I'ma move to Egypt since I was backing the dam I'ma move to Egypt cause I got alot of family in Egypt and East Africa so no need to fight I know the dam will work i was blind to think Egypt was aliens but they just like me they not Spanish and as humans we the same they my mom's and my pops all the same region

  3. Miss our Hero Enjener Simegnew Bekele the Enjiner of Ethiopian Renssence dam I cant stop cry RIP

  4. Ethiopian power !💪💪💪💪just we bulid it we do

  5. DUMB.BUM HUMANS … HARAM MEAN EVIL MESSING UP THE NATURAL FLOW OF WATER … YOU WILL SUFFER FOR HURTING THE INNOCENT

  6. "Abiy is less than a mediocre to say the least. His agenda has never been based on the big picture – He never had any plan for the country. His agenda has been to trying to unite the vocal Diaspora, old Olf scavengers, remnants of the butcher Derg, absolute feudal jingoists and the force of Isaias against EPRDF veterans so that he becomes an undisputed leader and serve the interest of western powers and feudal Arabs unchallenged. He is a tool that is being used by groups who have consistently opposed to our countries amazing developmental changes. That is why he public has been betraying heroic efforts of millions of Ethiopians who sacrificed their own personal interests to fight poverty in our country in the last 27 years. His characterization of our people’s gallant and determined work to create a better Ethiopia as darkness and terroristic is to please those he now is serving! It is especially noteworthy to pay attention to his hidden agenda of trying to derail the complishing of the Renaissance Dam! All of the above mentioned enemies have been against the construction of the Dam – They used to call it as a white elephant and political ploy! Egypt has vainly tried to stop its construction before it hired Abiy Ahmed a local nech-lebash! These are what he is doing to our country! Must be stopped before it’s too late!! Those who are blindly supporting this sale out need to think hard – stop this meaningless and phony Medemer!"

  7. This is a biased report. This is not journalistic at all. You are speaking for the Egyptians only. How about interviewing some Ethiopians about electricity. The dam will be complete now matter what the Egyptians try to do to stop the completion.

  8. Ok, well first of all if Egypt didn't get what they need from water and other sources , thier F16 ready and stand by .. so don't get so excited , by the way what happened to the dam ,, now why did stop working on it all of the sudden

  9. Share the water under United Africa. Ethiopia trusted Egypt for decades. Now it is time for Egypt to trust Ethiopia. Trying to destroy the dam will poison the water and will benefit no one.

  10. LOOk…why Egypt don´t use for drink water and irrgation red sea and meditarnian sea by using salination sysetem to solve the shortage of water for its ppl…isreal has make enough water by useing salination project on red sea and meditranian sea…Ethiopan dam is not the problem the problem is climate change and deforestion in ethiopa……..the amount of water on TANA LACK the source of blue nile in ethiopia decrese by half%, becouse of deforestion and climate change .

  11. THE ETHIOPIAN AND SUDANESE WILL WIN THIS WAR. SEND THE ARABS BACK HOME! DESTROY THEM! SUDAN AND ETHIOPIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HOTBED FOR LIFE AND CIVILIZATION BEFORE ANY OF THEM SETTLED IN! THEY WANT US TO PUT THEM IN RUIN! WE WILL DO! THEY WANT US TO CONTROL THEIR COUNTRY! WE WILL DO! THEY WANT US TO TAKE WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY OURS! WE WILL DO IT! AFRICA FOREVER!

  12. Egypt have to train less water consuming agriculture. As the water is a share property. It must be cared That Ethiopia have the right to use 50 % of her Nile water content. Ethiopian population is 2nd in Africa 125 m people need modern agriculture.

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