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Ethiopians to launch an online campaign to reverse Egyptian distortion

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is poised to trend on social media as Ethiopians organize online campaign to create awareness among the international community

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Ethiopia Dam at night. Photo source : MFAE

June 24, 2020

As the tripartite talk on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) failed last week, Ethiopians outside of the country are planning a global online campaign with the aim to reverse Egyptian distortion about the Dam and Ethiopia’s right to use water from the Nile river to generate electric power.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, the campaign is organized by United Ethiopians for Peace and Reconciliation (UE4PR). It is a UK -based not-for-profit organization.

Organizers intend to create awareness among the international community about the Ethiopian Dam and the negotiation process which is stalled again.

A date for the start of the campaign is to be announced by the organizers in the days to come.

The latest negotiation process failed when Egypt dropped out of the tripartite talk to pursue a measure from the United Nations Security Council to stop what it called “unilateral filling of the dam,” without reaching an agreement.

Egypt’s letter to the UN Security Council mentioned that Ethiopia’s action to fill the dam could lead to a security problem in the region.

Addis Ababa has sent a clarification and position letter to the UN in response to Egypt. There is nothing that leads to a security problem in the region; it was said in the letter.

Furthermore, Ethiopia said that Egypt will be responsible for any security problem in the region. 

The bottle-neck in the negotiation is that Egypt wants to impose a colonial-era water allocation which gives Egypt over 75 percent of the water while Ethiopia’s used zero percent of the water when it is contributing over 85 percent of the Nile water.

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  1. It’s been futile trying to make sense with the megalomaniac in Al-Qahirah. Reasoning is all lost in him. The wannabe bully in Cairo reminds me of an employee who used to work for the former railroad company Chemin de Fer. It was in one of those small railway stations from my childhood years. His job title was known as ‘bombiye’. I think it originated from a French term for someone who pumps water. May be it should have been said as ‘pompiye’. I’m not that well versed in French but that was what employees like him used to be called wherever there was a water tower. One of the fringe benefits of the old railway is there were water pump stations at many of those stop-overs. The water was pumped out of the deep wells nearby. It was clean and safe as tab water. The bombiye gets up very early to fire up the motor and the pumpIng was done until the water tower is full around 11AM. There was a fountain which was always locked. The only person who had the key was the bombiye. Everyone used to line up and waiting for that water lord to come by and open up the spigot. One particular bombiye was a cry baby and a sadist one. He used to take his Sweet time by dragging his feet while everyone is standing there in a scorching sun. He held the key to the fountain and there was no other choice but to wait. Others before him were very nice people but this one hated everyone that turned himself into a sadist. But one day the anger boiled over and the residents had to call in the police officer and he gave him a stern warning. The officer then reported him to his employee and which transferred the bombiye to other jobs far away from our village. That is what el-Sisi wants to be now. He knows very well that the dam is ready for filling. He knows that. He is not that stupid. He wants to be handed over the main key to the dam. If he fails to get that, which will never happen, be ready for other stupid demands from him or his successors. You will hear how much of it’s GDP Egypt has lost because of the dam. That will be told in billions. In US dollars that is. Military option will be a disaster for Egypt and Sudan. They will end up losing the Blue Nile and all of its tributaries. Forever that is. Ok Mr. bombiye wannabe!!! Keep dancing!!!


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