North-eastern Africa

Whose Nile is it?

Print edition : July 12, 2013

This May 28 photograph shows the Blue Nile in Guba, Ethiopia, being diverted to facilitate construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance dam. Egypt demanded that Ethiopia stop the construction work and warned that “all options are open” if there is a threat to its water supply. The multi-billion-dollar dam, when completed, will be among the biggest in the world. Photo: William Lloyd-George/AFP

Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia's Prime Minister. The earlier Nile river pacts excluded Ethiopia. Photo: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP

Mohamed Kamel Amr, Egypt's Foreign Minister. He will hold talks with Ethiopia on the issue. Photo: KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP

President Mohamed Morsy said if Egypt's share "diminishes by one drop, our blood is the alternative". Photo: Maya Alleruzzo/AP

Salva Kiir, South Sudan's President. His country is supporting Ethiopia on the Nile waters issue. Photo: HANNAH MCNEISH/AFP

A war of words breaks out in north-eastern Africa as Egypt fears that the $4.7-billion dam Ethiopia is planning on the Blue Nile will curtail the flow of Nile waters to the country and encourage other basin states to emulate Ethiopia.
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