The queen of sheba
The hawkish government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and its sycophant client Sudan recently declared the completion of their latest round of military adventures under a grandiose title dubbed “Guardians of the Nile” – clearly intended to intimidate, intimidate. and frighten Ethiopia. who is advancing relentlessly to fill and complete his Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Ethiopians are appalled by the blatant aggression, dulled by the relentless open threats and stunned by the disguised sabotage perpetrated by these countries.
In what seems to be a coincidence, as a result of this contemptuous intimidation, the “Owner of the Nile” Ethiopia has enthusiastically announced the construction of hundreds of mini and medium dams on its vast wealth of river basins. This was communicated with an explicit intention to harvest three times a year – to meet the huge and urgent need to feed its population of over 110 million and rapidly growing.
Nowhere in the history of mankind and geopolitics have we witnessed such a proportion of injustice and contemptuous audacity mixed with total greed of countries claiming something that is not theirs – d ‘in such a blatant, vulgar and brazen manner. This is not lost on most countries of the world, and most certainly for all of sub-Saharan Africa.
Since the announcement of the intention to build the “baby” dams, both the Arab Republic and Sudan have stepped up their war rhetoric once again. In fact, the Arab Republic’s top diplomat has been cited as describing this essential national development effort as Ethiopia’s “provocation”.
A painful lesson from the past
What is remarkable is that neither the Arab Republic nor Sudan bothered to seek clarification from Ethiopia on its plan, before launching their scathing threats. And yet Ethiopia is Africa’s water tower with many rivers and streams flowing down its mountains, gorges and valleys, many of them cross-border. If there were any doubts about the intentions of these two belligerent countries, this latest bravado is another proof of their ill will.
The economic and financial benefits of the new “baby dams” obviously support the completion of GERD, hence the construction of “baby dams” to finance the mega dam. Clearly, with its burgeoning population, Ethiopia cannot continue to depend on rain-fed agriculture and therefore an active irrigation campaign remains imperative. To support this effort, Ethiopia recently deployed cloud seeding technology, which also serves the interests of both countries.
Ethiopia will always be haunted by the catastrophic famine of the 1980s that killed millions of its citizens and made Ethiopia an example of global poverty. By building these “baby dams” Ethiopia intends to feed its people as they can never continue to depend on the degrading practice of begging for food – at 21st century.
“Baby dams” – A Redux
Over a year ago I wrote an article titled “Building baby dams to save the mother dam: Ethiopia’s option”. Here I am capturing some of the points, as is, as I find them relevant to this piece.
Ethiopia has a huge arsenal of endless, land-based, virtually “free” and indestructible, yet extremely powerful natural missiles that furiously tumble down the breathtaking Ethiopian highlands, mountains, valleys and gorges. They have continued to strengthen the mighty “Nile of Egypt” in the form of hundreds of thousands of streams, rivers and tributaries, since time immemorial.
These natural resources continued to feed the ungrateful nation that consumed and prospered on water, without gratitude, let alone without compensation. Sadly, the Arab Republic has secretly and openly conspired to systematically and strategically weaken and divide Ethiopia – for centuries, so that the river flows without any use by its natural owner.
Ethiopia might find it appropriate to refuse to play the role of the uncharitable, if not uncivilized, war book that preaches eye to eye if war between two countries breaks out. In reaction to the Arab Republic’s still bellicose stance, Ethiopia could launch a sustained campaign to use all of its bodies of water making up the “Mighty Nile” in a determined manner, even in retaliation. An official reaction to resorting to such a “passive” national campaign – in retaliation for the aggression – is easy to envision given the unwavering national resolve and popular support to build the dam – oh, yes, all alone.
Ethiopia may need to consider that the effort to build the Renaissance Dam, the “mother of all dams”, continues alongside the construction of a thousand “baby dams” (BBD) in the country. emerging as a renewed strategy for its development. Ethiopia may need to engage actively and strategically, formally and informally, formally and informally, implicitly and explicitly in BBDs throughout the Abay catchment area, which stretches for several hundred kilometers inland. country, if the Arab Republic dares to attack it.
While Ethiopia must resolutely defend itself, it may have to refuse to send its natural missiles, instead building thousands of small-scale “baby dams” in every conceivable hamlet in retaliation for the Republic’s man-made missiles. Arab. . It should be that BBDs do not need to be sanctioned by a government or an external funding entity, but simply built, managed, fulfilled and operated by Ethiopia’s ‘poor and illiterate’ peasants – the same victims of the explicit and hidden hands of the conspiracy and destabilization of the Arab Republic. . Oh, yes, it can be a bit onerous for the Arab Republic to track down every Ethiopian peasant involved in the BBD.
Spirit of cooperation?
It is clear that Ethiopia is highly motivated to build new dams across the country. It is eagerly awaited that the GERD will be filled and that the 100 mini and medium dams planned will be built. We just saw a mid-size dam in the north 70 percent complete, and completion expected in less than a year. Certainly, even if the Egyptians manage to disrupt or destroy the mega dam, as their officials often call it nauseatingly, the repercussions of this distant adventure should be more obvious. This can most certainly trigger, not only the construction of dams – but containing all the water bodies in the country – in an unprecedented unprecedented national campaign. The so-called “Guardians of the Nile” could then have the grueling – and impossible – task of invading or attacking every town, village and hamlet in the heart of Ethiopia.
More directly, it is important to remember that the Arab Republic and Sudan are not only showing up to “milk the cow”, as President Museveni of Uganda put it laconically, but that they are committed seriously to “take care of the cow”, among other things, through the protection and management of watersheds. “Stubborn milkers” may need to reassess their untenable position in the interest of efficiently using resources for mutual development.
And yet, if the spirit of cooperation replaced relentless greed and the bellicose narrative of war, huge developments could be envisioned in many ways and on many fronts. Joint investment in massive agricultural developments in the deserts of Sudan and the arid lands of eastern Ethiopia through a cooperation agreement are examples. The Tana-Beles Sugar Development project which has just been inaugurated, planned about sixty years ago but constantly sabotaged and failed, is an excellent testimony to this. This could easily make the region the breadbasket of the continent. One wonders whether the Arab Republic is interested in such win-win schemes – for it is wickedly and greedily treating these developments as a threat.
Ethiopia has yet to properly factor in the true financial value of the 86 percent of the Nile’s more than 55 billion cubic meters of water that generously flows into the ungrateful nation each year. Using the world’s lowest water tariff, which Egypt uses to sell, that’s over $ 6 billion. Oh, yes, Egypt is in fact selling water – water it does not produce, and yet aggressively, contemptuously, clandestinely and openly sabotages Ethiopia from using its own resources to feed its stricken population. poverty.
If there was a global ranking of greed in the world, no one can beat the Arab Republic of Egypt on such an unenviable scale. Sudan is only a pathetic and weak pawn dancing to the game of the future pharaohs of the Arab Republic, because it fully recognizes, but (recently) refuses to recognize, the importance of GERD for its people.
The injustice, greed and conspiracy of the Arab Republic and Sudan must end in the interests of equitable growth and prosperity of the three countries in particular, the Horn and the entire riparian region as a whole .
No amount of greedy “Guardians of the Nile” would conquer the magnanimous but intrepid “Owners of the Nile”.
The Queen of Sheba can be contacted at [email protected] | Twitter: @ TheQueenofSheb5 (Twitter has suspended this account for months now, for no apparent reason, as this account is barely involved in the tweets. Unfortunately, it’s possible that Twitter was duped by those who hate his position.
From the same author : Building baby dams to save the mother dam: Ethiopia’s option
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