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Dozens protest Blue Nile dam move outside Ethiopia's Cairo embassy

Limited demonstration erupts outside Ethiopian embassy in Cairo as activists protest perceived infringement on Egypt's traditional share of Nile water

Ahram Online , Friday 31 May 2013
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Dozens of Egyptian protesters gathered outside the Ethiopian embassy in Cairo on Friday to protest Addis Ababa's decision earlier this week to temporarily divert the course of the Blue Nile as part of a project to build a series of dams on the river.

Protesters held banners aloft reading, "We reject attempts to take our Nile Water." Others chanted: "We are the source of the Nile Basin."

"After Ethiopia's surprising decision, bilateral relations have now been put to the test," according to a statement by the 'Copts without Borders' group, one of the protests' main organisers.

The statement added: "Any agreement between President Mohamed Morsi's government and its Ethiopian counterpart will not be recognised, since Morsi has lost all legitimacy before the Egyptian people."

The statement went on to call on Egyptians to take part in a planned anti-Mors rally on 30 June to call for snap presidential elections.

Other participants at Friday's protest included members of the 'Lawyers Union for the Nile Basin' and the 'Egyptians against Injustice' movement.

Within the context of a plan to build a series of new dams for electricity production, Ethiopia on Tuesday began diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two main tributaries. Most Nile water that reaches Egypt and Sudan originates from the Blue Nile.

Ethiopia's 'Renaissance Dam' project – one of four planned hydro-electric power projects – has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government, amid ongoing sensitivities regarding the project's possible effects on Egypt's traditional share of Nile 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 some 150 million.   

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Danny
13-06-2013 02:25pm
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I don’t know why Egypt is acting so weird about Ethiopia making dam? First of all, how come a country like Egypt, think to support terrorist to make noise in one African country who is breast-feeding Egypt? How come u thinks Egypt is source of the Nile Basin?? Who is giving u this message lately? When the dam is done, 10% of Nile water evaporates, which is “Egyptian Blood”. Don’t they think Ethiopia was letting 100% of its blood trough Nile? Is it being selfish? Or is it being a dictator? Why doesn’t Egypt think there will be consequence when “the War” is over????Do you think Ethiopia just sit and say “ohhh no they destroy our dam, ok let’s go back to work”????? Is it really hard to destroy the dam in Cairo? If you thing war is the answer bring it Egypt. But understand that we Africans gone so much war, and we need to grow up. Together not letting down one country. What is this? We need to work and grow. As u need Nile, so does Ethiopia. The people of Ethiopia respect the people of Egypt.
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Solomon
09-06-2013 02:28pm
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Misled Egyptian public
The way I see it Egyptian Irresponsible rulers have committed two fatal mistakes that may coast the Egyptian people a lot. One they have for many generations ignored Africa trying to be something which actually they are not. This has resulted in complete ignorance of both the Egypt politicians and the public about what is happening in the rest of Africa specially in the poor upstream nations. They didn't realize that actually these nations need to use their resources like the Nile to feed their poor population.Their worst mistake spring from their wrong believe that they can bully all the upstream nations by boasting about their numerous well armed, but naive army. That is a very serious and historical mistake. Their second fatal mistake is the superstitious and mythical believe they have created in their public about the Nile. I pity how some Egyptians think about Egypt being the source of the Nile. But at the face of all these delusions in Egypt, the people of Egypt should understand that the government and people of Ethiopia have no the slightest intention of harming them. When we say this we completely understand that Egypt has been behind all the horrible things that has happened for Ethiopia in contemporary and medieval history. But a responsible government in Egypt should have put in place a working contingency plan to make the Egyptian people not dependent on one river rather than depending on bullying and destabilizing Ethiopia to make sure the Nile will flow for ever to Egypt untouched which I believe is stupid.
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Mark
04-06-2013 03:08pm
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Diversion is not meant taking away
Are people really biased or intentionally distort the word 'Diversion' in this context? The temporar diversion of the water by about 1 km and returning back can not be an issue of debate. Ethiopia do not have the capacity to retain Nile's huge water. Go back to your poletics.
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Mulualem (Ethiopian)
04-06-2013 09:36am
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Egypt is the source of Nile Basin???
The most surprising idea I have ever heard to date from Egyptians about Nile is "Egypt is the source of Nile Basin." Come on guys, are any of you so-called protestors even go to elementary school to study geography? Or is that what elementary schools in Egypt teach the kids? I can't imagine how anyone with a sensible mind chants that slogan. Ethiopia is the source of Abay (Blue Nile) which constitutes 84% of the water of Nile. Ethiopians know that Egypt is the gift of Nile, the gift of Ethiopia by extension. Of course we Ethiopians understand that with out Nile no one can think of the existence a country called Egypt or an ancient Egyptian civilization etc. We know Nile is simply the lifeline of Egypt. However, Egypt should also understand that it is not fair to monopolize the precious resource while Ethiopia, the mother of Nile, is living in extreme poverty. It is only through dialogue, mutual cooperation that Nile could be the source of life for all of us. Any kind of sabotage, muscle building and scare-mongering efforts on the part of Egypt won't simply be sustainable solution. The era of force, political games to deny Ethiopia its right to benefit from Nile has passed now. What many Egyptians fail to understand is I think the fact that a more capable, smart new generation of Ethiopians are on the scene now. Ethiopia has changed..please understand this reality and act accordingly.
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Samson
03-06-2013 10:38am
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Change your thinking and change your attitude
I read that Dozens of Egyptians protest outside Ethiopia's Embassy in Cairo. Regardless of their number, I harshly condemned such an act ….. remembering what happened to US in Bengahzi. What is surprising, the Egyptian protesters at Ethiopian Embassy were chanting "We are the source of the Nile Basin." This must be in your day dreams or fantasy. This will never happen in a million years. If so, why do you need to protest? Why do need to worry? Why do you care about Ethiopia's activities on the Nile basin within its own territory? The fact is, Egypt is not the source of the Nile Basin. I hope I am talking with people of 21st century. This is something with well established and scientific facts. Rather, Ethiopia is the source of the Blue Nile (which contributes more than 80% of the Nile water.) But I am not denying the equitable share of Egypt. I am not denying the historical, cultural and religious roots that we share together, the potential ground that we have for growth and development if we are wise enough to exploit the potential, etc. My point is such old fashioned attitudes and thinking will not lead both countries forward rather the opposite. Our past history explicitly shows this. Let's wake up and work for win-win growth and development, regional economic integration and the general common good. Besides, some Egyptians should dissociate themselves from same set of old attributes and faults.
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Abdulwab
02-06-2013 11:03am
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On the protests of Egypt people
You said we are the source of blue Nile, how you are don't get a real information in 21st century. Browse the internet and get the real fact. As Egypt people in need of water the upper riparian countries also in need Think about equitable usage of water. Dear bro and sis don't be selfish think as 21st century. Let use Nile in equitable way among the upper as well as lower riparian countries.Ethiopia has no intention to harm our Egyptian brothers and sisters but still you say we are the source of Nile how it could be? If it is so.IS Ethiopia building a dam Egypt territory?. Please think logically
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Des
01-06-2013 03:38pm
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Bias
The failure of Egyptian leaders. They were telling their people that 'the source of Nile if Egypt' and ' Nile is the only possession of Egypt'. Look how much they biased the people! Again the opposition leaders are using the same fool logic against Morsi.Be on negotiation table and talk for the best of both countries rather than denying the truth.
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Des
01-06-2013 03:38pm
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The failure of Egyptian leaders. They were telling their people that 'the source of Nile if Egypt' and ' Nile is the only possession of Egypt'. Look how much they biased the people! Again the opposition leaders are using the same fool logic against Morsi.Be on negotiation table and talk for the best of both countries rather than denying the truth.
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David
01-06-2013 03:18pm
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Living with a wrong perception!
If you are the source of the Nile Basin, no need of demonstration. This shows how the Egyptians are being wrongly taught and even in this time how they are thinking in an unfair and wrong way.....
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Dejene
01-06-2013 02:57pm
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How will benefit from Ethiopia's Dam?
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Hydroelectric Project can be used as a springboard to deepen regional cooperation among Nile Basin countries. Aside from providing dependable power supply, the Project accrues vital benefits to downstream countries, Sudan and Egypt as well. The Dam will augment these countries’ access to clean power supply at a competitive import tariff. In addition, Egypt and Sudan will benefit from the parallel advantages of the project in the form of decreased siltation in their irrigation dams, decline in the frequency of flooding and thereby in reduction of water-resource wastages. These in turn can create the opportunity to come together based on common interests. people who are opposing the dam can't see these benefits and they are simply driven by trash propaganda of anti-Ethiopian and Egyptian elements. opposing the right of one another will not help anyone.
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