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Water & The Nile Dilemma

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 22, 2011

This Image is taken from the original film poster “Death on the Nile” in the form of Ethiopia – a classic film based on the ‘Agatha Christie’ mystery novel of the same title, starring Sir Peter Ustinov whose grandmother was of Ethiopian Descent

Today is World Water Day. Water is a basic requirement for all life, yet water resources are facing increasing demands from, and competition among, users. In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water.

In these days, the current unrest in North Africa and Arab Middle East seems to have drawn everybody’s attention. All the talk is about democracy, elections and governance, as if the destiny of these nations depends on ideology, constitutions or power.

What occurred in Tunisia and Egypt and what is now taking place in Libya has been constructed into a story of Arab and Middle Eastern rebellion, even when it says more about the African continent than anywhere else.

It’s tiresome and boring to watch the ignorant television commentators of CNN, BBC and their Arab franchise, Al-Jazeera, repeatedly describing the events in North Africa as a “pro-democracy Arab movement”with the idyllic Nile in the background, while remaining mute on the facts that we are on the gates of a major water catastrophe. They seem to be addicted to talking about Egypt and the Arab World, Muslim brotherhood and the Middle East, while declining to acknowledge the challenges facing Egypt regarding waters sources

Some Egyptians may not feel they are Africans, and the black Egyptians who called Abbay’s the name of Ethiopia’s blue Nile waterfall are marginalized and have lost their land and are treated like second class citizens by the majority Arabs Egyptian.Egypt has always denied they are African but do not mind using African resources. In times of trouble they would rather side with their Arabian relatives than side with their African slaves neighbors. This exploitation and inconsiderate use of resources must stop, Africa had been suffering from the after effects of slavery and colonization for too long. The Nile treaty established with the help of the British in 1929 is a relic of the past era and its up to African countries collectively to rip it up and demand change now. 



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