The Ethiopian desertification dam which brought famine & drought for over 10 million, the UN body demanded suspension Prof. Muse Tegegne
August 1, 2011 in Water Crisis
The World Heritage Committee heard our over two years old appeal to stop the Ethiopian Dictator and the anti environmentalist three gorge dam Chinese financiers to suspend the death dam called Gebe III; which eventually will eliminate the Omotic people by drying the naturally reserved world heritage Lake Turkana. We hopping the same august body will do to stop the other death dam on the Nile River known as “Millennium Dam which will dry the Nile and Lake Tana with unpredicted catastrophic result on the population of the region from Blue Nile extending to Egypt.
The recent famine and drought is the direct consequence of the these death dams :- Gebe I. II, III & that of the dam on the Shebelle river the only live water source for all the inhabitants of Southern Somalia.
Wabe-Shebelle Death Dam is located 785 km South-East of Addis. the deadly dam he project has 2238.19 Mm 3 live storage between 580m and 535.41m, with a power system of 111 m high. This is the main dam responsible for the drought in the Shebelle Juba region of Somalia by controlling the annual floods in a region the annual rain fall is not sufficient. Today from such dam with that of the Om or river dams the region is highly affected by unprecedented drought. The Ethiopian dictator is fully responsible to this in human act of eliminating million of inhabitants in the region. Unless he is stopped immediately he will transform the whole region into a desert.
Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya is the world’s largest desert Lake which would eventually dry up like that of the Gobi Lake in Asia which has now ceased to exist. This unique ecosystem has made it an outstanding living open laboratory for the study of plant and animal communities according to World heritage. The Lakes’ rich fossil finds that have allowed reconstructing the history of animal species and mankind over the past 2 million years will cease to exist by the Ethiopian water dictator Melese Zenawie. Lake Turkana due to its unique properties in 1997 was recognized and protected as a World Heritage Site. It blood line the Omo river the home of Lucy and Ardi also pouring this menaced Lake over 90% of its life giving water source.
The creation of dams on Omo rivers have recently accelerated the desertification by causing unprecedented drought which caused the destruction of over 10 million people in downstream Kenya and the damming the Shebelle river damaged the Shebelle river farmers of Somalia. This was confirmed by the recent study study commissioned by the African Development Bank that the dam would likely cause a significant drop in the lake’s water level, increase its salinity, and threaten the unique ecosystem for which the lake was recognized as a World Heritage Site in the first place.
According to the international waters the Gibe III Dam is being built by an Italian company. ICBC, a Chinese state-owned bank, has approved funding for the project, and China’s export credit agency is financing the transmission lines. The dam would not only have devastating impacts on the Omo River and Lake Turkana, but also on the 500,000 indigenous people who depend on the river and lake for their livelihoods.
The World Heritage Committee, which oversees the protection of World Heritage Sites around the globe, in its annual meeting heard our cry and decided to take action for the protection of Lake Turkana. The two culprit country Ethiopia and China being two of the 21 members of the organization did stop the august body to take the following decisive motions against their proactive corrupting lobbies :-
- It expressed their “utmost concern” about the proposed construction of the Gibe III Dam and urged the Ethiopian government to “immediately halt all construction” on the project.
- It asked the governments of Kenya and Ethiopia to invite a monitoring mission to review the dam’s impacts on Lake Turkana,
- It demanded the financial institutions “to put on hold their financial support” until the Committee’s next annual meeting in June
The following are the world Heritage in Ethiopia but still we have a lot of world hertage in my an place in Ehtiopia in the islands of Lake Tana which are not yet explored. Thus Lower Valley of the Omo where the dictator is constructing his mega dams are reserved areas.