War and Rumor of wanr nile – ‘Ethiopia dam is ‘declaration of war’: Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya & Death on the Nile – Inside Story – Al Jazeera

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Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and the diversion of the Blue Nile is a declaration of war on Egypt, Sheikh Abdel-Akher Hammad of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya said on Wednesday.

 On Tuesday, Ethiopia began diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, as part of its project to build a dam for electricity production.
Speaking on Al-Arabiya satellite channel, Hammad claimed the move would reduce Egypt’s water supply and damage national security.
“If such a war is forged against us, we are ready to fight and we will embark on it with all our strength to defend our honour,” asserted Hammad.
Diplomatic negotiations should be the first step, he added.
Hammad went on to say the crisis should have been dealt with by the Mubarak regime.
The Blue Nile provides Egypt with the lion’s share of its annual 55 billion cubic metres of river water.
According to the state-run National Planning Institute, Egypt will need an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050 – on top of its current quota of 55 billion metres – to meet the needs of a projected population of 150 million.

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Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya mufti, Abdel-Akher Hammad (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic)

Death on the Nile Aljazeera- The prediction of the Coming catastrophe from the Ethiopian Mega Death Dam in construction

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The River Nile has been a source of life for millions over the centuries. Now Ethiopia is diverting water to build a giant dam, and those downstream who depend on the river, are left wondering when and whether this issue can be resolved peacefully.

The Nile is the longest river in Africa, flowing through 11 countries of the continent.

It has two major tributaries, the White Nile and the Blue Nile. The Blue Nile is the source of almost 85 percent of the river’s water. It begins in Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia and flows into Sudan where it meets the White Nile in Khartoum – they then flow to Egypt as the Nile River.

Whether we have a bigger population or not, it is … our right to use our fair share in terms of using the Nile River.

Bereket Simon, Ethiopian minister of information

Ethiopia, one of the countries through which the river flows, wants to divert parts of it to create a $4.7bn hydroelectric dam, the 11th biggest in the world. The dam is part of a $12bn programme called The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The investment which aims to boost power exports has sparked concerns in Egypt and Sudan. The two countries say that the construction of this dam violates a colonial era agreement from 1959, which gave them rights to almost 90 percent of the Nile’s waters.

For hundreds of years, Ethiopian Kings have warned of their power to divert waters of the Nile but never made good on their threats.

“Now, what we are seeing with Somalia becoming increasingly fragmented, and the division of Sudan and Egypt having to deal with its internal problems, is … Ethiopia becoming more powerful. And as a result, Ethiopia can start to exert some of its rights and access to the river,” says Cleo Paskal, a specialist in water and food security.

The consequences of the Ethiopia’s dam could be very serious for Egypt, which as a dry country, is heavily reliant on the Nile for its water supply. And that supply could suffer a loss of between 11 and 19bn cubic meters of water, while the dam is being built.

According to experts, that would cause two million Egyptian families to lose their income.

Eighty four percent of the Nile comes from Ethiopian rivers. Egypt must thank Ethiopia for letting them use it for free so far.

Hiredine Rahimeto Abdo, a Facebook user

The Ethiopian dam could also affect Egypt’s electricity supply by 25 to 40 percent, which would leave Upper Egypt in darkness.

Lastly, with a growing population that is expected to hit 150 million by 2050, Egypt will need an extra 21bn cubic meters of water in order to cope with the growth, which makes the dam construction even more serious in the long term.

So, how is the Egyptian government going to deal with the construction of the controversial dam? And how can Egypt actually turn it into a beneficial project?

To discuss this, Inside Story, with presenter David Foster, is joined by guests: Bereket Simon, Ethiopian minister of information; Lama el-Hatow, co-founder of water institute of the Nile and specialist in water governance and climate change; and Cleo Paskal from Chatham House, specialist in water and food security and writer of Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map.

“There is going to be positive and negative impacts …. With this infrastructure project and in order for us [Egyptians] to move forward, we need to focus on the win-win opportunities and solutions that can come about from this dam and how Egypt can begin to cooperate with Ethiopians … in order to find that common ground where they can both begin to actually approach this dam together.”

Lama el-Hatow, co-founder of water institute of the Nile and specialist in water governance and climate change.

Egypt shocked at the derivation of the Historical Blue Nile by the Ethiopian dictatorial regime for the filling of the mega death dam

May 30, 2013 in Water Crisis

The Ethiopian dictatorial regime started deviating the Nile against the warning  international environmentalists not build a mega dam which will dry the river and brings catastrophe. These death dam will not only stop the flow of the Nile at list for 5 years but also salinate  the water. Egypt has been successfully  lulled  by the late Ethiopian Dictator’s discourse Zenawie not to act earlier.

Egyptian foreign ministry called  his  Ambassador Mahmoud Dardir to Ethiopia expressing  its displeasure with Ethiopia’s Death Dam on the Nile

 

Egyptian diplomats  for the first time criticized Ethiopia for going ahead with the project without taking into account the recommendations of a technical committee  of ten specialists,with  Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Egyptian ambassador to Ethiopia Mohamed Idris also duped thinking  that Egypt was pursuing a “win-win scenario in which the interests of both sides can be served and accommodated.”

The Blue Nile provides Egypt with the lion’s share of its annual 55 billion cubic metres of river water or 87 % of the water for Egypt.  Egypt will need an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050 – on top of its current quota of 55 billion metres – to meet the needs of a projected population of 150 million.