Summary

          • The conflict escalated when satellite images on July 12, 2020 showed the reservoir filling behind the mega dam.
          • The dam will provide electricity to over 65 million Ethiopians who have no access to the grind.
          • In 1970, Egypt completed the Aswan High Dam, the world’s largest embankment dam built across the Nile in Aswan.
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his prediction is almost coming true as tension soars between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Nile River waters.

Since 2011, when Ethiopia embarked on building its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the three Nile Basin countries have been at loggerheads.

The tension has reached a fever-pitch as Ethiopia prepares to fill the dam on the Blue Nile in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, which is now 76 per cent complete.

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At the heart of the dispute is the time frame and pace of filling up the 74 billion cubic metre reservoir behind the dam. The conflict escalated when satellite images on July 12, 2020 showed the reservoir filling behind the mega dam.

Africa could do more to own and resolve the dispute in the spirit of “African solutions to African problems.” However, the conflict over Ethiopia’s mega dam reveals how rising nationalism is splitting Africa, eroding its peace and security architecture and global influence.

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