Ethiopia Giving Egypt Enormous Headache

The Nile River gives life to Egypt and its people. However, something Ethiopia is doing is giving Egypt and enormous headache.

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled last Sunday that the laws that governed the election of the country’s only operating house of Parliament as well as the body that drafted the country’s post revolutionary Constitution were invalid, according to the New York Times. Unfortunately, Ethiopia was already giving Egypt an enormous headache as they started construction on a hydroelectric dam.

On May 28th, Ethiopia started diverting the flow of the Blue Nile in order to start construction on what would be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam, which has enraged people of Egypt.

The people of Egypt are enraged as since 1929 there has been an agreement that gives most of the rights to the Nile to Egypt and Sudan. The agreement gives Egypt 55.5 billion cubic meters and Sudan 18.5 billion cubic meters of 84 billion cubic meters, with 10 billion lost to evaporation, according to Fox New. The problem is the agreement never took in to account the other countries that the river flows through.

Ethiopia Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnin in a ceremony marking the diversion stated that the dam will not affect the flow of the Blue Nile.

The construction of dam in Ethiopia threatens to destabilize the region
The construction of dam in Ethiopia threatens to destabilize the region

However, Cairo University Alaa el-Zawahri, who is a dams engineer and an expert on a national committee studying the ramifications of the Ethiopian dam, stated that Egypt stands to lose 15 billion cubic meters of water a year thanks to the enormous Ethiopian headache.

“If I was more of an optimist, I would say it will cause significant damage to Egypt,” he said in an interview. “If I was being pessimistic, it is a catastrophe.”

Egypt’s previous two leaders threatened war, but the current regime is trying to solve things peacefully. One of the tactics that Egypt used was to lobby the United State, which convinced the World Bank and other donors to not give Ethiopia a loan as the dam would destabilize the region. That worked and Ethiopia was forced to self fund the construction, but that had dire consequences for some.

Ethiopia has pressed government employees to donate a month’s salary to the project. Those who resisted were arrested.

Also, journalist Reeyot Alemu criticized the government’s fund raising methods and was subsequently was arrested and sentenced to two years in jail.

My recommendation to Ethiopia is to try to find another way to generate electricity. One of the things that been catching in the U.S. is the use of wind mills to produce electricity. Also, there are solar panels that can provide electricity, which would be good for the country considering the amount of sunlight the region gets.

In the end, if Ethiopia doesn’t find away to resolve the enormous headache that they have given Egypt there will be dire consequences as the people of the country has shown it isn’t taking crap from anyone anymore.

15 Responses to "Ethiopia Giving Egypt Enormous Headache"

  1. Sami Tsedeke   June 5, 2013 at 12:26 am

    The Egyptian Media has an obligation to tell the truth than igniting the tension between two friendly countries. The agreement between Egypt and Britain to use Nile in 1929 without Ethiopian involvement is outdated. Ethiopia has not an obligation be bid by this rule. But negotiation between the two countries is important. As a source of Abay(Nile) we have every right to use our resource. I am sure Egyptian will not choose a war as a solution. If that is the case Egypt will lose as Italians did. I hope we have good politician from both side to work for better use of Nile

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  2. Sami Tsedeke   June 5, 2013 at 12:13 am

    The Egyptians are beating the drum…who knows what these guys are planning.it’s always better to be prepared and still continue a peaceful relationship with Egypt than be surprised.

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    • Berhanu   June 5, 2013 at 2:23 am

      Ya! They are talking about sabotage and supporting rebels aligned against Ethiopia; even spreading rumors about Egypt’s acquisition of long range bombers, to frighten Ethiopia. Nothing new, but it is good to be prepared.

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  3. Sami Tsedeke   June 5, 2013 at 12:05 am

    The most rubbish article i have ever read in my life ! really is this guy a Journalist seriously? where did you heard the story of ppl get arrested for not contributing to the dam.. man.. the dam is the national pride..it shows and symbolize Ethiopia is rising…the most funny thing is your recommendation..lol..man..be responsible and dont be naive and stupid!

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  4. Smith Brandon   June 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Who is this the so called “Paul Kasprzak”? Idiot writer, I hope you should be Egyptian unless I don’t see you are a journalist or writer. I just wanted to say one thing for you : “Shut your rotten mouth! & let the people of Ethiopia decide what to do on their mother land and their natural resource. And for Egypt: try what you broadcasted on national TV and you will get it the price.

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  5. ayele   June 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Ayele

    It’s very funny when Egyptians claim about the ownership of ABAY(Blue nile) as their own.This shows either most of this people are ignorant or has no common sense at all.Little they know the history & culture of their neighbour hood.I give you one hint,I dont know Any artistwho didn’t sing or perform about ,ABAY(Blue nile) is in every Ethiopian heart & sprit.You can see it In our arts,poem,litreature,music & songs etc.We also know what the history of egyptian conspiracy to wards ETHIOPIA.

    Be wise! My Egyptian friend either we swim or perish together the choise is yours

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  6. derege@web.de   June 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Egypt can do what ever they want on the nile and we will do whatever we want on our abay. if they try to destroy it we have the option to poisen it.

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  7. KING EZANA ZE AXUM   June 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Mr. Paul Kasprzak…. I’m sure you’ll find the following material interesting to your little “dire consequences..” fictitious theory !
    http://www.geocities.com/~dagmawi/History/Ethiopia-Egypt-War.html

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  8. Aman   June 4, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Is this really an article. What an utter rubbish!
    Did he really say “if Ethiopia doesn’t find away to resolve the enormous headache that they have given Egypt there will be dire consequences as the people of the country has shown it isn’t taking crap from anyone anymore”…..wow what a stupid comment. How about Egypt try to destroy the dam or even conspire against the dam, Ethiopians will sit idle? Do you even know what kind of headache Egypt has been giving ethiopian for decades. If we were to go with your stupid argument, by now Ethiopia should have diverted the Nile. Ethiopians have the using matured diplomacy even with all the stupid trickeries from Egypt, and will continue to do so. But when push comes to shove, prepare for a draught and famine in Egypt.
    Your suggestion to for for solar and windmill because you saw it in the USA is not only stupid but insulting to journalism, if you are a journalist.

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  9. ayele   June 4, 2013 at 6:30 am

    You don’t even know where,how and why an energy source is selected and you want to recommend.You recommend Ethiopia to use wind just because you see wind mills in U.S.What a disgrace you are to the media you report to.Please try to read at least Wikipedia on what you are talking about before your recommendation.I don’t think your recommendation is worth even for your kitchen.Idiot

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  10. Birhanu   June 4, 2013 at 5:37 am

    who asks you for your recommendation?? useless idiot.

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  11. john   June 4, 2013 at 1:58 am

    This is stupid.we ethiopians support the constraction of rhe dam with all what we have. we will sucrifice our lives for better ethiopia.all these years egyptians were destablizing ethiopia instead of helping the country which is giving 85% of its water.if u help ethiopia to prosper and eradicate pover,why would ethiopians need to stop nile??
    egypt is selfish taking the a lion share and telling us not to use our share of water.egypt can bomb the dam,can send army yes but for how long??any military act against ethiopia would be creating an enemy at the source of nile forever.we can block nile ,we can redirect small rivers flowing to nile and reduce the amount of water.we can beuild several small dams for irrigation to the rivers which are flowing to nile them we can stop nile reaching to egypt.this is not a dam for the govrnment this is a dam for the.people of ethiopia to day and forever.

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  12. homer   June 4, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Childish article.

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  13. John D Wiemberger   June 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    who are you ? you are a journalist without any hint of respectability as a professional would posses ; for if you were , you would have understood the countless potentials that any open conflict can lead to. please go to war with Ethiopia , or bomb the infant project and find out what happens – you really do not want to go there. Does it strike you , regardless of the distortions you employed in your flimsy article about how Ethiopians were paying for the Dam without their consent, the reality that Ethiopia now is a nation that can pay billions for it’s projects ? you have a right to be deliberately oblivion of the fact that Ethiopia is now on the rise. a country of over a hundred billion dollar a year economic output ? the reality , my friend , is that Ethiopia’s ascendancy is irreversible . and if you want to abandon the normal solutions of compromise and treaties to defuse tensions as being propagated by president Mursi’s cabinate ministers, it is going to be catastrophic for Egypt.

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