Egypt, Ethiopia at loggerheads over Nile River

Cairo worries Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion hydroelectric project, could choke the downstream flow of Nile River.

 WILLIAM LLOYD-GEORGE / AFP/GETTY IMAGES/FILE PHOTO Ethiopia has begun diverting the Blue Nile as part of a giant dam project that is creating tension with Egypt.

WILLIAM LLOYD-GEORGE / AFP/GETTY IMAGES/FILE PHOTO
Ethiopia has begun diverting the Blue Nile as part of a giant dam project that is creating tension with Egypt.

By: Keith Johnson Foreign Policy magazine

(The Star) WASHINGTON—Egypt’s musical-chairs government faces enough challenges. So why is a construction project almost 3,000 kilometres from Cairo provoking fears over Egypt’s national survival?

Egypt and Ethiopia are butting heads over the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion hydroelectric project that Ethiopia is building on the headwaters of the Blue Nile, near the border between Ethiopia and Sudan.

Cairo worries the megaproject, which began construction in 2011 and is scheduled to be finished by 2017, could choke the downstream flow of the Nile River right when it expects its needs for fresh water to increase. Read more on The Star…

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