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Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem

For the past few weeks Egyptian society and media have been hysterical over Ethiopia’s construction of its Renaissance Dam.  The public was suddenly bombarded with the notion that Ethiopia will turn off the water faucet on Egypt and that this is an issue that threatens both our national security and survival as a nation. The government couldn’t stick to a position between assuring the public that this is not a threat and between citing this as a threat that requires one of Morsi’s famous “National Unity dialogues”, which always ends in a photo-op and no results.

The opposition was divided by some attending the meeting citing “national security” as their excuse to partake in what can only be described as political mess. While others, like Hamdeen Sabahy, gave out laughable recommendations such as stopping ships from countries that are helping build that dam (China, Italy, Israel) from passing through the Suez Canal. Personally, I would love to see the Egyptian government just try and stop any of those countries from getting their ships through, especially China. This should be hilarious. Nowhere to be found: A single statement from any party outlining the policy options that they would implement if they were in charge.

All the while, many talking heads started spouting nonsensical crap about an Egyptian military strike on Ethiopia, while seemingly screaming in all of their interviews that “We are too strong and powerful for Ethiopia to mess with”. Never mind that Ethiopia was never conquered in any war and that our military never fought in the south and cannot protect its soldiers within our borders, and that there is zero evidence that the Ethiopian military- which is not weak- will kneel in front of our military might. I am chalking this up to temporary insanity caused by over-heating of the brain due to lack of consistent air conditioning in the middle of the horrible heat-wave we are currently experiencing. Let’s assess the situation, shall we?

Let’s start with the fact that Ethiopia is a sovereign nation and is well within its right to build any dam it pleases on its land, as long as it doesn’t violate the international agreements governing the water share of downstream nations, and it likely will not. Then let’s talk about water loss: from the share of water we receive, we lose about 12% of it due to evaporation while the water is stored in Lake Nasser for 10 months between the flood time and irrigation needs. Ethiopia has a lesser evaporation rate (almost half of Egypt), and the electrical dam will slow down the rate of water we receive, thus making sure that the water that gets stored in Lake Nasser arrives in stages and thus decrease our evaporation rate considerably. This will lead to an actual reduction in lost water and an increase in actual water by 5%. Believe it or not, storing the water in Ethiopia before it reaches Egypt will actually lead to an increase in our water supply.  So why the hysteria?

We used to get more than our agreed upon share of water, and we are the reigning champions of wasting drinkable water in the world. We naturally don’t have strict guidelines or enforceable laws or plans to maximise the benefits of our water resources, and we don’t really feel like doing the work or empowering capable people to do it. Here is a helpful hint: Our current hapless prime minister was the minister of water resources and irrigation. This is the guy that was in charge of that. Are you getting the picture?

Here is what Egypt should do: 1) Given our experience at building and maintaining the Aswan High Dam, we should be the people helping Ethiopia build and manage their dam, thus ensuring that it doesn’t hurt our interests; 2) Start negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to renegotiate respective shares of the extra wasted waters, thus ensuring that we don’t lose all of it; 3) Having that dam will leave Ethiopia with almost 4,000 megawatts of electricity for export purposes only, at a time where we need the electricity.  If we play ball now, we could get a long term deal that is beneficial to the needs of the Egyptian public and isn’t affected by the prices of fossil fuels; 4) Ethiopia has seriously ambitious agricultural plans, and we have about 10 million farmers without actual land to farm, so we can reach an agreement, decrease our unemployment and boost our food security;  and finally 5) Egypt needs to seriously reconsider its water policies, and create an infrastructural investment plan in desalinisation and extracting ground water from now.

Naturally, we will not do any of this.

We will not do any of this because we have a fistful of misanthropes and imbeciles running our governments and our parties, which is not a new phenomenon. Proof in point: Our own High Dam. If we ignore the environmental disaster that it is for a second, we should note that it was 60 years ago that we thought of using a renewable source of clean energy (hydro-electric power) to successfully meet our power needs, and somehow that didn’t translate into a desire to replicate the idea via other sources of clean energy (solar, wind) that we have in abundance. Instead we rely on fossil-fuel powered power plants while we lack the fossil fuels necessary to operate them, and actually have to pay for it in hard currency. The natural conclusion is what we have now: a government unable to meet our energy needs because it lacks the hard currency to purchase it, all the while complaining about the high financial burden on our budgets that is our energy subsidies, and also not doing anything about it.

Dear Egypt, take heed of this. The world is moving forward all around you, with plans of development and infrastructure to meet its future needs, with the Ethiopian dam being the ultimate proof of that, while you are going nowhere fast and talking about delusional past  glories that have nothing to do with current day realities. Ethiopia is not the problem or the enemy; our laziness, stupidity, incompetence and lack of sound planning are, and it simply cannot be allowed to continue. It’s time for you to wake up.

About the author

Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem is a political activist, writer, and social media consultant. His writings could be found at www.sandmonkey.org and follow him @sandmonkey on Twitter

  • dave smith

    O man! Does Egypt has a son like you? You know how to write a persuasive article. Good job!

    Ethiopia never been the enemy of Egypt. We love you but when we hear some insulting from sick politicians. It remind us how Egypt tried hard in previous government to harm Africans by supporting rebels, and blocking development fund. The good thing is the time is changed.

    • Marwa

      What I don’t understand is why don’t you hate us? where does all the love come from? Egyptians are arrogant, racist and stupid, so why do you love us? What have we done to deserve this love?

      • Mesfin

        May I say, all the love is not because of what Egypt has or has not done unto Ethiopia. I tell you, Mr Marwa, Ethiopia is tired of waging yet another war, not cause it is pessimistic about the outcomes but we believe it is not in the interest of our two nations. Ethiopia, Egypt, Africa and for that matter humanity in general can and should not afford to go warring. It is high time we bridge our differences with positive spirited brotherly sisterly talks and dialogues. Love is what pervades throughout the heart of Ethiopia and our Psyche and conscience is no different! One Love for Egypt and Ethiopia from a humble Ethiopian!

        • The son of Blue Nile, From Et

          Thankyou Mesfin.

      • teddy

        Christianity will teach you to love your enemy. it is powerful and i invite you to taste the teching of jesus.

        • kebede

          nonsense, why u talk about Christianity here, remember that more that 50% of Ethiopians are Muslims

          • The son of Blue Nile, From Et

            Kebede Thankyou very much for your insult and you misinterpreted what I mean. By the way I am the very good advocate of Islam and I love not only Ethiopian Islams but also all Islamic community of the world. I am very favorite listener and observer of Dr. Zakir’s preach. I am Christian but I love all lessons of Dr. Zakir and I appreciate all his gifts of Allah. We all believe in Allah God . So My dear brother Kebede please understand me that I mentioned Christianity to show ancient relations of Egypt and Ethiopia. If I made a mistake and if I misused the word that makes bad connotation I beg not only your apology but also the whole world community in the name of Allah God . But I want to tell you one thing, don’t start your your sayings and comments by insulting or blaming the idea of others. Just pin out the faults that I made. Anyway know that I love all people of the world without religious, linguistic, racial , etc discrimination of the world. And I love my brother Kebede too heartfully. Thankyou. Byebye.

          • Gembre

            I am sorry to say this, but that is a false statistics created for a political agenda. Possibly by Egypt, as they were live aired saying “lets create this false rumor.” No one has done the counting of the population except the census…and the census says otherwise. Just want to point it out.

            God Bless the people of Ethiopia and Egypt, along with Israel!

          • Kok

            “…more that 50% of Ethiopians are Muslims.” Another daydreaming!

          • disqus_DHVpqaWja7

            where did you get your deta from? let alone Islam, the major religion Christianity is not 50% in Ethiopia…take your fantasy to Meca and pray for Islam a religion on the path of self destruction…

          • Ahmed

            Don’t bias the fact. Kebe, be objective. Muslims in Ethiopia are 28% from the Ethiopian Census.

          • disqus_gaL76Kt4mv

            Hahahahaha…!!! You jocking???

          • Mesfin Temtimie

            That’s a lie!!!!

        • The son of Blue Nile, From Et

          Brother Teddy, I am Christian but I want to tell you one thing. Don’t interfere on the religious views of others, your preference is yours. As a modern man you have to respect all religions and beliefs. If you are truly religious there is no enemy in this world. We all are made by Allah God . So we all are brothers and sisters. Just read Holly Qur’an and Holly bible, and you can understand that we came from a single creator Allah God . The only difference begins After Abraham in Holly bible or Ibrahim in Holly Qur’an. So please respect and appreciate the religion of others too. As you read their doctrine you will love all wisdom. Thankyou brother.

      • The son of Blue Nile, From Et

        Excuse me Marwa, “who said Egyptians are arrogant, racist and stupid?” Why you said this statement. I don’t think that you are Egyptian? It is out of the heartfelt love of Ethiopians for Egyptians. It is evil thought and an acidic statement sprayed on both countries. Please brother let I beg you in the name of Allah God , just struggle for peace and brotherly sisterly relations of our people. Believe me that we Ethiopians do not want to drink a droplet of water when Egyptians are thirsty. So let us think of making Egypt and Ethiopia like heaven. Thankyou brother.

      • gibe

        “why don’t you hate us(instead)?” sincere and true to the core. Egypt had behaved miserably against Ethiopia for many centuries and it is may be about to repeat the same grave mistake yet again. This time around, however, Ethiopians will not fall prey, that for sure. So Egyptian to be truly loved by Ethiopians you ll have to do a lot! I guess that is the best option you have and don’t squander it……..

    • The son of Blue Nile, From Et

      Dear brother Dave smith I understand what you mean and we all Ethiopians believe that the Egyptians love us as we love them. Some naive politicians may many annoying things on both countries but they can not be true representatives of the idea of Egypt or Ethiopia. Let us forget them because people of Egypt and Ethiopia have more power than politicians. So forget them and our win win action to avoid evil must be creating very good relations among peoples of both countries and we have also the power to teach annoying politicians and stop stupid actions. We strife for the fair benefits of both Ethiopia and Egypt. We all must run for the development of both countries and change the life standard of our people. Thankyu.

  • gza

    Fantastic, insightful article. Thank you for sharing and I hope you’re able to convince your compatriots who think otherwise.

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  • jajau

    scientifically sound assessment!

    • Yohannse

      This Egyptian gentleman has common sense and proper balance of judgment and we did not get nothing from war. It is not war brings solution for both country. It is impossible to say that Ethiopia can’t use the Nile River, the source of the river within the boundary of Ethiopia. Please let us think moderately and move forward for peace.

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  • Djacquuleen Majuullee

    Co-operation! I like it. Bring it on!

  • Sheba

    I am an Ethiopian and I respect your opinion. It makes sense. Peace

  • Solomon Kidane

    well said man

  • mata11

    Mr Salem! very interesting and powerful insight!. clearly it departs from the mainstream thinking of Cairo which keeps the real brotherhood relation between Ethiopia and Egypt. The more Egyptian are bold enough in spelling their argument the way you did, they leave us(Ethiopian) with moral impetus to cooperate with you guys at all costs. But, the talk of war/force/ or just or hatred about Ethiopia and Ethiopians than the scientific thinking you hold will only attract the same thing from our end as well. Keep up the good work of bringing both Egyptians and Ethiopians to the level of thinking you are now!

    • Shire

      Ethiopia is a sick country, and this dam is not for the wellbeing of the ethiopian people or even going to be used for farming it is A HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM, to create electricity and is funded by israel and italy. Ethiopia is just trying to flex its muscles and will definetly use this dam against egypt as it has been meddling and terrorizing eritrea and somalia, AND undergoing a genocide in the ogaden region, ethnically cleansing the somalis. Not only that but at the same time oppressing the oromo people which make up 35% of the population….theres a reason why ethiopia was the only country at the berlin conference with the imperalists, because it expanded its territory and not has an somali administrative region oromo region, which would MUCH RATHER SECEDE AND JOIN SOMALIA. This fake country makes me sick…

      • zelalem

        Verry Funny! be it civilized and rational thinker who lived in 21st century

      • mata11

        Shire! you do not deserve my reply.the kind of your will remain utility of use for salafists, shabiya, Alshabab and the likes while Ethiopia and Africa will prosper!

      • dave smith

        We, Ethiopian Somalis, Oromos and other ethnics are very smart, our blood and soul are not going to waste for the interest of Egypt.

        Go to Shabia (Isayas Afeworki) in Eritrea and fool him as usual, he is ready to scarify his people blood for arrogant and selfish Egypt. Ethiopian people need This dam immediately! Because Nile belongs to them.

  • misrak

    Mahmoud Salem, Thank you for your a step ahead of the usual Egyptian opposition towards Ethiopian ambition to utilize the Nile river with out harming the down stream countries mainly Egypt.I am now confident there are people who think differently with out losing ground to protect there interest,your suggestion of looking in to the cloud of misunderstanding between the two countries is needs deserving applaud and encouragement.Reason always the way to go and a corner stone for a peaceful coexistence between the two countries who connected to the two end’s of the mighty Nile River. The Nile should be a source of cooperation rather than a source of conflict ,if both countries sit together and workout their differences they will open a new chapter of new cooperation where both countries benefited without one side harming the other.I like your courage to install a new thinking in to the conversation,keep up.

  • Peter N. Sedky

    perfect article….thank you for the insight….we have yet to find a government who are responsible enough to help Egypt get through this chaos

  • gecho

    Totally agree. The suggestions you forwarded should be included in Egypt’s water strategy, short term and long term. On the Ethiopian side I would recommend collaboration on more rehabilitation and environmental work so that the rain falls continue and waste minimized. A much more dangerous threat for Egypt is a weak and divided Ethiopia where all its forest is devastated and its water sources reduced and dried up. The past rulers of Egypt are known to use every means to ensure that Ethiopians remain weak. This is not to deny we certainly have a portion in the makings of our predicament. There has been the hands of Egyptian rulers in every civil war and the two time Somali aggression.

    There is no talk about such misdeeds by Egypt in Ethiopia or at least they weren’t in forefront. But what is happening in Egypt now is helping to make them cloud the real issue.

    Lets do what it takes to get to a wise resolution to this crisis. Can you forward the links to this article to Ethiopian websites? This will hopefully invite others on the Ethiopian side to discuss the issue in a more civil way. If we leave this issue to the politicians then we may get to a point of no return fast.

  • Kweschn Zimtawhy

    Very sensible comment so far from an Egyptian. A great lesson for Ethiopians as well, that you just have to admit wrong is wrong and right is right, regardless of national interest, and this way the world will be a better place to live.

    Thanks for being honest and fair! There are not too many people who take such position, and if your government acts this way, it surely will have the moral high ground, and diplomatic leverage that will challenge Ethiopia to reconsider whatever advantageous measures it may want to take.

    Cooperation and negotiation is definitely the way forward, not bullying, threatening and intimidating. Ethiopia may not have as strong military as Egypt today, but make no mistake that it has defeated it twice, even when it was most fractured country. Never underestimate your opponent. War rhetoric will only obstruct positive engagement.

    As an Ethiopian I want the best for both Ethiopia and Egypt, and for all the countries that the dam will eventually affect.

    Your suggestions are great. Hopefully, your government is listening.

    Sincerely,

    • Sherif Abdelrehim

      After the revolution, the Egyptian mindset is changing, The people who are ruling Egypt now are not martial and I’m pretty sure that President Morsi is a wise man as his counterpart in Ethiopia. This appeared in his situation in the latest incident in Sinai when 7 of the Egyptian Soldiers were kidnapped. He was in the negotiations side and he enabled to set them free. Both Egypt and Ethiopia have a lot in common and we have to leverage positives against negatives to reach a win-win. In both countries, the final say is to be for wise men and not the surface thinkers.

  • sam

    Great article , Hope Egypt leaders think wisely and support the dam ’cause it benefits the two great brotherly nations Both Egypt and Ethiopia

  • Kinfu Guta

    Really I appreciate your insight as one dynamic thinker, what i hate at Egypt is every single person is leading and pressurizing the government towards silly mistakes that will harm the country significantly. They all are in contest for their nonsense political interests rather than their country’s interest. Let the political leaders host such a dynamic ideas rather being oscillated by noisy “terrorist” ideas that would not at any cost benefit the country.

  • African

    Wow !! what an article. !! such a world class thinker can only be found just one in a million !!!!

  • Shishay

    Thank you so much

  • Muhab Wahby

    Never in my lifetime have i agreed word to word to monkey’s analysis. So here is a first. Great take on what should (i stress on should) Egypt be doing. People need to know that as someone who lived in kuwait for 16 years and only spent 15 days in Ethiopia, i have never felt more connected to a people like that before. Ethiopian culture is identical to egyptian culture, even though we do not share the same religion, skin color or language, however, even someone like me can identify with that identity over the over simplified ARAB one. Thanks Salamonkey.

    • Gembre

      What do you mean by Monkey’s analysis?

      • Marwa

        The author of this article used to blog under the name of ‘SandMonkey’ that is why he refered to him as monkey

    • disqus_gaL76Kt4mv

      you arrogant try me!!

      • Addis Baby

        I am not gonna lie! This made me laugh lol Thanks Marwa

    • disqus_gaL76Kt4mv

      Stupid!!!

    • yemer

      we now AREB don’t worry.

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  • Gembre

    Very humble, nationalist, and wise writer! Though I do not belong to Egypt, you have my vote for Egypt’s parliament.

    You will make a good diplomat.

  • Biniam Alemayehu

    Many thanks Mr. Mahmoud Salem, for the wonderful insights, honest thoughts with critical analysis and coming up with a win win solution. Ethiopia is always ready to cooperate with Egypt. It is our Government idea even to have committee of Egypt and Sudan to study the impact of the dam.

  • Tsegaye

    FYI Egypt will not go to war with Ethiopia
    for million reasons. Here it is Egypt biggest fear ever, what if the Ethiopian
    (extremist groups or individuals) poisoned the Nile with industrial waste and
    even nuclear residuals. Water go’s downward not upward. Cheap way to make Egypt carry for at least 50 years. Unless they stop sabotages. That is really scary.

    • Dr Gripe

      silly child .. go to bed!!

    • filmon

      ere shame new ayebalem !!!!!

    • dave smith

      The writer is very peaceful, positive and friendly. So, why you act like this?

    • Daniel Girma

      I guess this shows not only Egypt but also Ethiopia has people with thinking like this. Mr Tsegaye, you are sounding like one of the Egyptian opposition political party leaders who made a fool of them selves live.the difference between them and you is you are not a politician and may be that will excuse you a bit as they are expected to behave in better character and level of thinking than what was displayed. Remember, Ethiopians will not engage in such lowly acts. The time for backward thinking like this is over.

  • Ashenafi mesele

    Thanks my brother. This is an educated person’s thinking. God bless Africa.

  • M.Amanuel. L. MD, Phd

    I am an Ethiopian and was shocked to my core by the tragic death of millions of Ethiopians because of draught and famine as well as by millions more malnourished Ethiopians and further much more shocked by how Egyptian politicians only continued their rhetoric of war againist Ethiopia and at the same time lobbying successfully and blocking the
    possibility of Ethiopia getting loan including from African Development Bank and were engaged and how at the same time spending tens of millions of dollars to destabilise Ethiopia by supporting Eritrean rebails and Somalia where tens of thousands of Ethiopians lost their life. In the mean time Cairo politicians were celebrating and not only having parties but were also engaged in sealing the Egyptian governments money and hiding it in forgein banks instead of creating jobs and giving the people the opportunity to aquire modern education that would have transformed Egypt into an industrial country. Through the years when I followed the news rom many sources including Al-Ahram, the country I concidered as a sisterly country was wishing as nothing but darkness, starvation and
    death. I lost hope and faith complitely.
    In the last 20 years as Ethiopia is moving forward and when the former president Mubarak was forced to resign, I was cautiousely optimistic specially when the Intrim PM. Of Egypt Mr. Sharif and among others the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser visited Ethiopia and recognised Ethiopias right to develop dams along the river Nile. The same oppinion which is recognised by the international community. Some Egyptian politians again today are engaged discussions on destabilising Ethiopia by supporting ”rebels” and also by spreading rumors that Egypt is obtaining refueling fighter jet aircrafts. This kind of rhetoric and or even action will not deter the present day Ethiopia on the contrary as you said it will only cause
    anger and rage among milliuons of Ethiopians within the country and
    abroad followed by only negative consequences. Why don’t Egyptian
    polititians get engaged: 1. In solving unemployment by creating new
    special training courses and creating job opportunities? 2. Why waste
    millions of dollars in supporting ”rebales”? And or send ”secret
    service” personel to destroy Ethiopia’s dam?. In fact for those
    so-called rebales and other possible forces will only be marching
    into terrains of death and arrest? Why not use the money for Egypts
    development youth education and solve many other internal problems
    within Egypt?
    Mr. Mahmoud Salem it gives me hope that
    there are Egyptian brothers and sisters who are don’t hate us and
    celebrate when we suffer and die. I thank you very much for your
    article which is both that of a highely intellectual and that of a
    very dynamic thinker. Your courageous article needs deserving applaud
    and encouragment.
    Let rational thinking, action as in your article and peace be between the
    two sisterly countries of Ethiopia and Egypt.
    M.Amanuel. L. MD, Phd

    • Shire

      I pray to god the ogaden region reunites with somalia and the Oromo
      people gain independence and eritrea remains peaceful, ethiopia is a
      sick fascist, tribal country and it should not exist. Ethiopia is a
      destabilizing cancer in the region and needs to stop terrorizing and
      invading its neighbor Eritrea. Your lies make me sick, why are you
      bringing up the famine in ethiopia when THIS IS A HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM,
      and will not be used for irrigation or farming, you are only looking for
      pity. This dam is glamor project for the fascist ethiopian government
      to makes itself look better.

      • Girma

        you better die than leaving with little mind!

      • JahArmy

        You really don’t deserve to live on this earth man. Just go ahead and kill your self.

  • Athiobi

    Ya salem, it will be really great if this article was translated into Arabic so that the general Egyptian population know what this whole dam is really about and what Egypt can do to help us build while still ensuring that they dont get harmed.
    I really loved what you said, Dr. Amr Khaled also had some very wise things to say, I love the way you two are looking into this whole Nile issue, and wish the mainstream Egyptian held the same views instead spewing lies about the dam and that Israel is trying to starve the Egyptians.
    شكرا

  • BinEisa

    “تخزين المياه باثيوبيا سوف يزيد من حصتنا من المياه نظرا لان الفقد بها اقل منه عند بحيرة ناصر ” هذا رأى السيد سالم وهو غير صحيح بالمرة لان الفقد ببحيرة ناصر لن يتغير تقريبا سواء كانت ممتلئة تماما بحصتنا او ممتلئة جزئيا حيث ان البخر يتوقف على المساحة المسطحة للبحيرة والطقس حولها وهى ظروف ثابتة تقريبا, اما تخزين الماء خلف سد اثيوبيا فهو وسيلة ضغط على مصر وعند اى خلاف قد تتعمد تقليل حصتنا اذا لم نشترك فى ادارة السد. اتمنى ممن يتحدث ان يكون لديه الخلفية العلمية والاكاديمية وليس حديث هوى لدغدغة المشاعر الثورية والسلام وشكرا

  • Ethiopian

    Great writing indeed!

    We need co-operation

    we don’t need war in Africa,,, we have had enough of those wars,,, Love wins!

    Long-live Ethio-Egypt friendship

  • kb

    I admire your attitude and approach that would definitely lead both countries to a win win with no doubt. The egyptian leaders are talking very silly things regardless of the report the neutral analysts body forwarded, but with each worthless talk they do, they are actually creating an absolute unification to Ethiopians, who are well known to unite from all corners when it comes to foreign enemies against the country. Aggression never resolves anything. Let’s evaluate strategies and go hand-in-hand for a better future.

  • bek T

    Despite a bunch of Egyptian politician who thinks as the 18th century man …..you are a real Egyptian and African!!

  • AnEthio

    Bravo!!! Peace & Love, Brother.

  • araya

    Sensational writing. Great thanks to Mr salem, This is the only way for the prosperity of our region and Africa in general “win win” we have to cooperate and manage our environment for the benefit of not one country in the expense of another country but for the benefit of all. To day is another time and the world is going forward in the development through cooperation and hard working. we Egyptians and Ethiopians and other countries in the region and Africa in general have to think like that to make our future bright. And we have to cooperate with the world too.

  • Alem

    The First sensible & well written piece that came out from Egypt in recent times. Thank you Mr Salem!

    Former PM of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, once said if Egypt reduce its water wastage, the amount you could save would be enough to compensate the loss of water due to construction of the Dam( evaporation from the lake that the dame will create) and enable Ethiopia to irrigate large area of land all without touching a single drop of water from your current share! He went on explaining simple but scientific methods used by other countries to reduce their water waste. However, unlike Egypt and Sudan, Ethiopia need Nile just for electric generation and after that the water is all yours!

    Those advocating military action against Ethiopia need to know that the financial cost of doing so could be many folds larger than the cost of rebuilding/improving your water system to be more efficient/reduce waste. Besides, war solves far fewer problem than it ends up creating!what will you achieve by attacking Ethiopia directly or indirectly as some of your politicians openly suggested? NOTHING but More problem for next generation. any kind of military action only succeeds in postponing today’s problem for tomorrow.

    Ethiopia WILL NOT stay as poor and weak as we are today. Every year that passes by without having a solution,Ethiopia develops and become more influential in the region, hence demand for share of Nile water grows as well. Had Egypt struck a deal with upstream countries some 30, 20 or even 10 years ago, Ethiopia might not have planned to have such huge project on Nile river. Failure to have a solution that works for egypt as well as the rest of the upstream countries today will only lead to more such unilateral projects that will be much worrisome to you than this dam is now.

    Instead of Egypt gov’t looking for ways to undermine/kill Ethiopia’s progress(which they can’t do anymore), they should open their mind, address the problem and create a situation that both countries benefit all the time. Its all in your hand-how u play it will shape the region for long long time to come.

    so calm down, be responsible, acknowledge the unethical share of Nile water signed by colonials, sit and talk so that we all could get the best out of our Nile.

  • The son of Blue Nile, From Et

    We Ethiopians are very lovely people and we respect not only Egypt but also all countries of the world. We had more than enough experiences about war including with Egypt too. We know how the results and consequences of war. We know that war and victory are in the blood of every Ethiopian. Ethiopia is historically sovereign states. We Ethiopians are like a honeybee when any country needs to affect our rights and territory. But now we need not war but technological developments without affecting the interest of any country. We love Egypt and Egyptian people. We don’t want to allow for any party to hurt Egypt or Ethiopia. The balanced interest of both countries must be maintained. God gave us the natural resources to use fairly and innocently. We Ethiopians are not greedy to share our resources not only for Egypt but also for the whole world. However we don’t like to compromise in using our natural resources. We don’t want to lose our interest and also we don’t want to affect Egypt. Let both of us share Blue Nile honestly without affecting the interest of either countries Egypt and Ethiopia . We can diplomatically agree on everything because we don’t need war any more. We had enough. Some conservative Egyptians need to stop building of the dam forcefully. This idea by itself is very archaic and they have to read the Ethiopian history. Egypt never bitten Ethiopia in any of the wars they came across even if Egyptians were well equipped in modern armaments. Believe that never ever will be, because we Ethiopians are very honest balanced people, we don’t need the to wage war on any other country, but if any country wants to invade the Ethiopian territory we are like honeybee and we began ti sting to protect our territory and our rights. Be sure that we Ethiopians never be governed by our government concerning up on our territory. We never and ever compromise on our country. We are always very positive for diplomatic relations but very aggressive for war seekers. So those conservatives Egyptians must think of now and then and read a lot about Ethiopian history and the religious relations with Egypt. We Ethiopians love Egyptian people We don’t like to see any body to hurt Egyptians and we will struggle for the mutual fair benefits of both countries.
    The son of Blue Nile,
    From Ethiopia

    • Sherif Abdelrehim

      Greetings to The son of Blue Nile. This is the speech that is to be prevailed.

      Sherif Abdelrehim,
      From Egypt

      • The son of Blue Nile, From Et

        Thankyou Sherif Abdelrehim. We all must be contribute our effort for the fair benefit of Ethiopia and Egypt without affecting one another in a peaceful diplomatic way. Let us pray Allah God will help us and our people all together to use blue Nile happily. Allah God gave us this resource peacefully and brotherly. We always love and pray for Egyptian people to have better life and peaceful benefits. We Ethiopians are very peaceful and we have very strong culture to share our health in a peaceful manner and we love all peoples of the world. Thankyou brother.

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  • Hori

    You are out of touch with reality. All diplomatic and economic cooperation between the two countries is not a lasting solution. Egypt has helped Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia, this has weakened Ethiopian for long. The same approach will ensure Egypt’s interest over the Nile for a century to come. United Ethiopia will always have an ambitious plan over Nile.

  • Walelign Wubet

    Yes indeed. You are great. I think Negotiation is the only solution because no one would be benefited from conflict.

  • Justice

    The following thoughts of Egyptian politicians can show how they are living in the dark age politics.
    1st) Ethiopia could stop the construction if we (Egyptians) spread rumors of buying military airplanes and aggression.
    2) The foreign ships going to Ethiopia shall be prohibited from passing the Suez Canal
    Let me put a simple question. You the politicians, forget about Ethiopia’s response to your absurd opinions. Do you think that you could get support from the international community, including the big powers like USA, Russia and especially China, by forwarding such nasty opinions?

    • mesfin

      who are you asking this; the writer is not supporting war. nobody hear supports war or hatered.

    • filmon

      Have u read the whole concept or ??? try to understand more of what he talk about. u close the suez canal ok …. we use other option. and about the rumors its funny its makes me smile don’t worry about it . leave all those negative thoughts and forward the best options can help the country

  • Daster

    Mr. Salem… You tried to be positive as much as possible regarding to the cooperation between Ethio and Egypt on the Nile water…It is good. But the problem is though seems win-win, your thoughts are coined around the old mentality… “Assuring the old Egypt’s share on Nile”! That won’t happen. You want to assure that “…technical people helping Ethiopia build and manage their dam, thus ensuring that it doesn’t hurt our interest.”, ” Ethiopia…to export electricity at a time where Egyptian need”, ” …10 million farmers without actual land to farm…” You already have the water and now you need a land in Ethiopia? …. Then why don’t you ask us to own the dam and control it yourself! You have to know that we are investing huge amount of money on this dam (GERD) because, 1- we have the absolute right to do with the water whatever it suits us, 2- we have the right to take our share from this international river, and 3- we have the history of cooperating with others and (not on self centered ideology). Having said this, technically the dam decreases the loss that otherwise would have been lost at Aswan through Evaporation, but we are not requesting this amount, as this is a plus on the total available water in the basin…what we are requesting is “Our right” to consume from Nile.

    • josy

      daster, i think you didn’t understand the article the right way. read it again

      • Daster

        Josy…I don’t think so: Mr. Salem has forwarded a possible scenario for a win-win situation…Have you realized the implication of each one of it? For e.g. what does “Start negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to renegotiate respective shares of the ‘extra wasted’ waters” implies? What about this one… “Ethiopia has seriously ambitious agricultural plans, and ‘we have about
        10 million farmers without actual land to farm’, so we can reach an
        agreement, decrease our unemployment and boost our food security”. I appreciate the writer’s understanding of what Ethiopia’s moves might be!

        • dave smith

          Daster, I am with u.

  • Zerex

    Dear Mr. Mahmoud Salem,
    You just mentioned the basic points to be considered logically regarding the environmental, economical as well as societal views. I really appreciate your scientifically sound arguments. As a nation, politicians should have to forecast and plan things strategically. The People of Egypt don’t have to allow to be used for such trash political games which don’t sound either ways.

  • efrem

    Dear Salem, I am so positive about your analysis. May God/Allah bless you and help all of us to the right path. We Ethiopians are so connected with Egyptians in every aspect. We share the same religion(Both Islam and Orthodox Christianity), same resource (Nile water), and similar culture. We have a lot in common and we are all beneficiary in cooperation than the ‘damn’ and ‘arrogant’ comments of Egyptian politicians. Well, if we think it deeply, does it even make sense that Ethiopian will try to hurt their Egyptian brothers. Let us even bring it down to some of the ‘damn’ individuals idea: Will the 50 Million Ethiopian Orthodox Christians hurt their Egyptian orthodox counterparts? Will the 35 million Muslim Ethiopian hurt their Egyptian Muslim counterparts?

    Please wake Egyptian people!

  • Markos Lemma

    Once again tanking the wit, courage, sharp intellegence, peace loving and extraordinary intellectual ability of Mr. Mahmoud Salem allow me to
    express my oppinion in short the information I got by watching the
    video clip with my friend from Morocco and the article written in
    http://news.yehabesha.com/egyp…which translates the same televised
    meeting under the chairmanship of President Morsi of Egypt. 1.
    quote..”…Ethiopia has to commit to a certain deadline for
    providing more substantial information on the impact of the dam. It
    also has to sign a written, internationally accountable document that
    guarantees the dam will not harm Egypt and Sudan”. Unquote. Have
    Egypt even bothered to inform Ethiopia when it built the Toshka
    Canal, one of the world’s most expensive and ambitious irrigation
    projects. A plan that would take 10% of waters in Lake Nasser to
    irrigate Egypt’s sandy Western Desert, increasing Egypt’s need
    for Nile water even if they are able to maintain their 1959 treaty
    share of 55 billion cubic meters???. Instead of thanking Ethiopia for
    the late PM Meles Zenawi’s statmanship policy of delaying the
    ratification of the Cooperative Framework Agreepent of the Seven (7)
    reparian states and instead of being thankful for Ethiopia to get
    engaged in dialog that consists of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, The
    Egyptian polititicians arrogantely demand to make this and that
    transparent and even demand from Ethiopia to sign a document that
    guarantees the GERD will not harm Egypt and Sudan. My question to the
    Egyptian politicians in Cairo is: Who the heck do they think they are
    to make such a demand? And secondly, Do they even understand what a
    statmanship like is?. The sabre-rattling that they seem to be obssed
    with is a futil attempt. Remember the 1970′s of the Egyptian secret
    service and special forces disasterous failure and immidiate
    surrender to Cyprus paramilitary units ending up as prisoners of
    war?. Mind you not yesterday’s and even today’s Ethiopian defence
    forces are no much to Cyprus’s paramilitary units. Ethiopians have
    always been and are a peace loving people but always even when the
    country was weak have always defeated the all the agressors including
    Egypt two times but also Turkey and Italy as examples. Furthermore,
    Egytians must understand that Ethiopians neither want vengence nor
    have any apetite to cause any harm to Sudan and Egypt. As the late Pm
    of Ethiopia has repetedely said it for well over a decade: Ethiopia’s
    enemy is poverty. So may God almighty/ Allah give Egyptian
    polititians the wisdom to live in peace with yourself and with your
    neighbours. You have without a shadow of a doubt have a problem with
    yourselves. Ethiopians don’t have a problem with you and only wants a
    win-win solution for question of the Nile river. 2.
    quote…” Makhioun added that Ethiopia had chosen the timing to
    begin the construction process “because they know there is
    political tension in Egypt…” Unquote. As the late PM of Etiopia
    his exellency Meles Zenawi has said it in many interviews and in his
    speaches: quote”….You just can not all of a sudden declare that
    we are going to start the construction of the Great Ethiopian
    Renessance dam becaquse it takes many years only to plan such a huge
    project…” unquote. Furthermore PM Meles Zenawi always emphesized
    that all Ethiopia wants is a win-win situation. Indeed unless an
    individual suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia one can not give such
    a statement. 3. quote ”… Al-Azhar representative Sheikh Hassan
    El-Shafei? Said that the Nile does not have wings in the air to fly
    to Israel, but it might have underground ones’,” El-Shafei said,
    hinting that Ethiopia might use the project to export Nile water to
    Israel, with whom it has long enjoyed good relations…” unquote.
    This is either his own oppinion or the person suffers also from
    delusion and Paranoia. Because in the first place it was the former
    President of Egypt Anwar Sadat that promised to divert the Nile to
    Israel which he later on changed his opinion. Let it be known that it
    is a violation of International law to divert a river to a third
    party country. Yes Ethiopia have an excellent diplomatic relationship
    with Israel and hope it will always maintains that relationship. I
    also hope that Ethiopia will have very good/excellent relationships
    with all the peace loving nations of the world. Egytian politicians
    seem to forget that after the Camp David agreement which President
    Sadat and Israels President Menahim Begin signed the peace treaty
    Egypt and Israel have had diplomatic and a non-problematic/good
    relationships ever since which President Morsi also have at least in
    his speech reassured the international community that the Egyptian
    Israeli relationship will continue without any change.
    I urge all those peace loving Egyptians of all walk of life please lend your ears to Mr Mahmoud Salem and read his article and suggestions and realise all his plans.
    Thnk you brother Mr Mahmoud Salem

    M. Amanuel. L. MD. Phd

  • mesfin

    Inshalah; it is good to know that there are some Egyptians that understand the situation and try to establish good neighborhood. We Ethiopians are doing the same. We all should not forget that the water belongs to every one that has been using it; and millions of lives are dependent on it for survival. Nile should not be a source of conflict; rather a symbol of friendship, a common pool that binds people together. the best way to deal when there is discrepancy of water use must be new form of dialogue and spirit. Egyptians should understand that our land supplies around 86% of the flow. would it be, then, fair to say Ethiopians cannot use it even for turning a turbine???? is i really fair???? is it really fair to create unrest in Ethiopia (like the Egyptian politicians said)?? I am so sad to learn the way the Egyptian politicians (and some Egyptians) hate Ethiopia. With that in mind…still, I believe there is always an option-the best option…..dialogue and peace!!!!!

  • mesfin

    Inshalah; it is good to know that there are some Egyptians that understand the situation and try to establish good neighborhood. We Ethiopians are doing the same. We all should not forget that the water belongs to every one that has been using it; and millions of lives are dependent on it for survival. Nile should not be a source of conflict; rather a symbol of friendship, a common pool that binds people together. the best way to deal when there is discrepancy of water use must be new form of dialogue and spirit. Egyptians should understand that our land supplies around 86% of the flow. would it be, then, fair to say Ethiopians cannot use it even for turning a turbine???? is i really fair???? is it really fair to create unrest in Ethiopia (like the Egyptian politicians said)?? I am so sad to learn the way the Egyptian politicians (and some Egyptians) hate Ethiopia. With that in mind…still, I believe there is always an option-the best option…..dialogue and peace!!!!!

  • Dr Gripe

    Bravo.. wonderful.. Great.. but unrealistic as hell.. First that Ethiopia would even negotiate is farcical.. its position has been that the water is theirs.. and if you think it is about electric then you are also Naive… Ethiopia is an arrogant Authoritarian regime who does what it wants ans suppresses its own people.. they have NO incentive.. especially now.. to “negotiate” with Egypt.

    You part about Egypt going to war thinking that means an invasion of some sort.. while I have no belief let alone confidence in the intelligent or competence of the Current Egyptian Government or president I doubt that even the Military would agree to go INTO Ethiopia… Egypt really has no alternative .. it needs to want until just before the dam is complete and somehow via war planes or strike teams, blow the dam up causing massive damage and setting the project back a decade or more.

    but your leaders in Egypt have no courage to do what Israel or the USA would do in a situation like this and defend the national interests and integrity of its people… and we sit in the USA and laugh at the fools who run your country and worse the fools who allow this regime to take over as it is equally or even more oppressive than the last… you took the worst of the worst from the French Revolution.. and ultimately got worse.

    Your fantasy scenarios would have been more effective under a Mubarak as his readiness to bomb that dam was real … and only under that kind of ability and readiness to do whatever it takes to keep Egyptians safe is what is needed to even begin to “negotiate” or make deals.

    Maybe I am being to harsh on you.. you seem to like the idea of being able to fix things like most governments do… but that time is not now… and most of us believe your current government has no strength of conviction.. it is weak.. Ethiopia knows this.. America and Europe know this.. alas Israel and China know that.. so as we say in the USA . you are SCREWED.. your people will suffer and your government will cry how terrible things are.. and the world will have moved on not wanting to deal with a country that will not take care of itself. during the next 50 years more wars will be fought in this world over fresh water than any t=other thing including religion and oil… for without fresh water people die.. be it from lack of direct drinkable water or lack of food from crops that will wither without the water and the loss of fish to feed those people… Egypt’s lack of effective and strong response before this and its incompetent leadership today, has now left it weak and unable to defend itself… a sad ending for a people with such a rich history of civilization.

    I liked Egypt.. and I liked Ethiopia.. and the peoples from BOTH Countries.. but the governments are horrible and that is why your ideas are fruitless flowers.

    • Addis Baby

      Come down! U sound like u are high on something! Some many things are wrong in what u posted and I dont even know where to start…take a nap and get back over here

      • Dr Gripe

        unfortunately there is nothing wrong in what I wrote… but it must be nice to live in a world where reality does not exist. I mat take a nap.. but it is because I am tired of waiting for people to wake up to reality from the sleep of a child… the world does not start at the head of the Nile River.. nor does it end at the Mediterranean sea… People will go to war not for personal reasons but because of governments that fail at acting as members of a global community. This situation has been handled badly by all involved… and there will be death that will come from this because of the failure of governments to be honest with their people and failing to cooperate with each other…I wish I was high on something.. it might make reality so much better…. but I work in a real world and will not support any plan that will hurt people no matter what government or what people do it. I support humanity over politics and narrow mindedness and myopic views of a world. Now let me go back to sleep….

        • dereje kebede

          Dr. Gripe, so what are suggesting war ! Or you are feeling like a prophet. I don,t see sense of humanity but confusion.

          • Dr Gripe

            I suggested nothing.. and in this situation NEITHER side is willing to sit and discuss and acknowledge the needs vs. the wants of the other.. the result of that must be war… but the comments in this article and many others are so adamant and angry in their support for one side or the other I wanted to make sure someone knew that it is not a side I take in this fight but it is humanity I support.. unfortunately most here think that I need to take a side or agree with positions that are more or less a TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT type solutions The end result is that I see no solution and believe that war is inevitable given the rigidness of both sides.. if that makes me a profit so be it.. but I did not declare myself one.. YOU DID…

  • ZakSai

    Mr Salem has to be an ‘ exception’ for his ‘ sanity’ is beyond doubt! I just can’t believe Mr Morsi went ahead with a ‘ gathering’ of ‘ hoodlums’ to demonize Ethiopia, whose water has been nourishing Egypt for thousands of year. In every Egyptian blood, flows waters cascading from the Abyssinian Highlands, whether it is to his or her liking. When all is said and done, Ethiopia can’t possibly use the waters of the Blue Nile, which makes up about 85% of the water entering Aswan Dam, not because it has no wishes, but the topography doesn’t allow it, Has Mr Morsi or any of the ‘ talking heads’ visited the Canyons of the Blue Nile? I doubt it very much. There lies the ‘ fact’. There is no way one can possibly irrigate any portion of the land along the massive canyon along the gorges of the Nile. However, given the animosity and utter racist and condescending attitude of Egyptians, we will figure some way to tamper with it. I betcha we can approach an Israeli scientist to invent a way to suck the water from its natural course without the knowledge of any one of the Morsi’s Gang of blabber mouths beneath the surface and fill in our water tables all across our enormous Nation.. Lucky you, we are compassionate and God-fearing.

  • Wossen Amogne

    I feel that Egyptians should do their own homework before their idiotic suggestions/comments. Think of the following points:
    1. Egyptians don’t need to show their fear and anger. Instead they have to calm down, be brave and face the reality.
    2. They have to use their fresh water resources wisely. They need to re-engineered their agricultural systems. They have to learn how to do arid agriculture especially from countries like Israel.
    3. They have to participate on matters like protection of the environment and afforestation in the upper riparian states.
    4. Go out and invest in the upper riparian states instead of staying put
    and screaming in that desert.
    5. Even though, Ethiopia is called ‘the water tower of Africa’ its per capita water consumption is lower than Egyptians. Think about it.
    6. War has no winner. If they start they will be the ultimate looser. Because, Ethiopia is an upper riparian country, and by default it has the upper hand. To harm Egyptians, Ethiopia can easily dump toxic wastes (including nuclear) with out much effort. Thus, don’t talk about missiles, fighting jets, bombarding the dam, etc. It takes some money and to be crazy to bomb Aswan Dam and flood and starve Egypt.
    Anyway, Egyptians can’t win water wars! Instead, this is the right time to reach at another agreement on Nile before it is too late. Period!

  • zelalem

    Mr salem puts a nice suggestion. To me it is necessary for Egyptians and Ethiopians to collaborate in activities that increase the amount of water rather than destabilizing the region. Here, it is impossible to deny a country that contributes 85% share of the water to use and also it is immoral or inappropriate a country with 90 million of population no right to water.What i want to suggest is Egyptian don not beat your drum of of war and let talk together on common ground.

  • Daniel

    I would like to propose you as an adviser to the Egyptian government. They mislead the public with an empty handed. I know the people of Egypt is very humble and helpful but it lacks the real leadership. Some are waving a banner as Egypt is the source of Nile. If Egypt is a source of Nile why do they go for demonstration? This is due to the wrong preaching of your leaders, education system, the so called scholars…etc. I think this misunderstanding should be clear for every Egyptians. Ethiopia is the source of 85% of Nile and has a natural as well as legal right to utilize its resources.

  • GUNDET and GURA

    Personally, I am really happy to see such a person who is able to see beyond his political and social boundaries. We know that Egypt is one of the sources of knowledge which contributed much for human kind to reach where it is now. But sometimes we see society progressing downwards. You assured that Egyptians are progressing positively. I hope to see many Egyptians like you.

    Ethiopia is not in a condition to go against any once interest. We are here struggling with poverty. Even though we are endowed with natural resource, we didn’t benefit a little form it. THERE is no such thing like ‘HISTORIC RIGHT’. Human history is full of biases, injustice, exploitation… THAT IS WHY WE AFRICANS spent many of our years in the 20th century fighting with evils like Slavery, Colonialism, Racism, Dictatorship, Poverty, Hunger, Disease, Backwardness, and Civil War…. This is our history. There is no any way that we let our past history guide the PRESENT AFRICA. WE DON’T ACCEP a history of exploitation. Come up with acceptable arguments like the once raised in this article.

    I hope Egypt also shares this story with all of us. I don’t expect them to act like the ‘Colonizers’ because they have concurred Sudan during Muhammad Ali Pasha reign. IT IS THIME TO THINK BEYON BOUNDARIES, to feel the pain of other brother, to come up with valuable argument and win-win solution. We don’t expect Egyptians to go far to hurt us and get nothing in return, while we are begging for cooperation which could benefit both of us. Ethiopians know that Egypt leaders has been doing many evils behind the curtain for centuries ‘in the dream called ‘controlling the Nile valley’, but we don’t want to be reminded that. We have many jobs to be done at HOME.

  • Kassa

    Thank you Salem for writing the Truth, lets Speak the Truth even if our voice Shakes.

  • Teme B.

    This one is by far the best material I’ve ever read on this topic. Even the atittude of the writer is not like most of the people writing on the subject from either side. Ethiopia and Egypt have more lasting interests that they can build on win-win framwork, than lasting antagonism. And infact it’s up to the citizens of the two nations to sketch their common future.

    I personnally appreciate Mr Salem for his openions and the ideas he shared with us all.

  • My life’s christ not water!

    What’s wrong with u Ethiopians?where is ur compassion? Egypt is a desert country with out a drop of water! Let them feed their nation …let them live the life they used to live!!Let me suggest this :let the Ethiopian and Egyptian national soccer teams play soccer in Sudan! Who ever wins owns the Nile!!…am tired of this Nile thing!! I know u Ethiopians never try this hehe they know how the Egyptians play! U only mastered running the long distance like ur river Nile /Abay!!Love and peace to all human beings…as for me life is Christ not the water and who ever owns shall walk in the Ethiopian darkness and Egyptian desert

    desert!! Sidibachun

  • Darios Anasimos

    To Mahmoud Salem

    We are short of people like you, look at
    that, I raise my hat for you sir, thanks for having a sound mind and
    your powerful reasoning,

    May I add, building a dam
    in Ethiopia will actually raise the condensation level and cloud
    formation, being in the proximity of the highland will increase the
    Nile water by few percent. that is a fact.

    we could in fact do a
    mathematical model for how many dams we need to build to raise the Blue
    Nile water level to some expectation. the relation ship is intact.

    Egypt is experiencing water shortage now, what is the plan for
    the 20 years or so, whose fault is it going to be, for the shortage of
    sorts, when the population growth goes with this rate?

    The Egyptian leaders should not squander this opportunity to work with Ethiopia.

    This is really an opportunity for Egypt.

  • Shalom

    I’ve no words except to say “thank you” for your bold and
    heroic article.

    I have had always the hope that there are people like you in
    Egypt and I’m happy that I was right.

    Today, I don’t think there is any Ethiopian who doesn’t understand
    the situation of Egypt.

    Ethiopians understand Egypt needs Nile and it is its life
    line.

    But I don’t see that understanding reciprocated from the
    other end.

    People in Egypt should stop talking of some outdated slogans
    such us “Egypt’s historical rights (whatever that means)” or “no drop of water
    will be lost of our share”, “destabilize Ethiopia” so on and on. The slogan
    should be ‘cooperate’ or else it’s going to be doom and gloom and that’s to
    nobody’s advantage.

  • HabeshaObserver

    You see, now we are talking. Now we can talk with our egyptian brothers
    on issues that matter for the basin population at large. We understand
    the importance of the Nile waters for Egypt/Sudan, we understand it
    even better when Egypt/Sudan also understand the level of poverty and
    hunger in the Ethiopian highlands. We understand it even better when
    Egypt also understand the importance of hydroelectric energy for
    Ethiopia. We understand it even better when Egypt/Sudan also understand
    the vulnerability of the fishermen in the Sudd Swamps in South Sudan. We
    understand it better when Egypt/Sudan also understand and be
    considerate for the population in the lake victoria basin.

    Why
    are we unable to develop a way for the benefit of all the basin
    population! Egyptian politicians just talk about the population rise in
    egypt – what about the rest of the population in the upstream basin
    countries? Is it decreasing in Ethiopia or Uganda? There are more people
    upstream than downstream! Or does the black african population not
    count for the Nile waters? Really? So the black african population can
    starve, die of famine, immigrate, fight, live on aid, whatever . .just
    as long as they donot tamper with the Nile waters, eh? is that
    Egypt’s/Sudan’s foreign policy with respect to the Nile waters?

    So
    Egypt is the ‘gift of the Nile’ while the rest of the basin population
    is just annoying mass that should only be handled with military muscles.
    Really? Can Egypt really sustain itself like that with all the upstream
    african countries? Drinking african waters but then treating africans
    in such condescending way by letting them starve and not letting them
    even touch it? Who gave Egypt that right? Colonial Masters who wanted
    more cotton for their empires? the Pharaos? or american jets? It is
    time to stop and contemplate!

    Nonetheless, it is very hopeful to
    meet thoughtful and realistic brothers from across the sahara (like
    the writer of this blog). Watching the Egyptian politicians talking and
    planning all the doomsday scenarios on Ethiopia was actually a proof of
    how Egypt sees the rest of Africa. We have learnt! We know the thought
    process of well respected politicans in Egypt very well now, with a
    proof.

    Egyptian foreign policy of messing around the horn of
    Africa has to stop for its own better!!! It has shed lots of blood
    already. It has to stop! STOP BLEEDING THE HORN OF AFRICA! Otherwise,
    bad blood and human misery has bad karma – it will haunt you!!! Africa
    is now AWAKE , Africa is RISING – whether you like it or not – so the
    earlier you wake up, the better!

  • disqus_DHVpqaWja7

    This guy is one in 80 million, let’s not be naive
    and assume what some extremist Egyptians genuinely fear is the practical impact of the
    dam..What hey fear is Ethiopia’s rise which they have for centuries
    managed to suppress with the help of Eritreans and Somalians and many
    other home grown traitors..the only new thing now is, they are trying to
    apply old tricks as old dogs in a new era..

  • Mesfin Tekle

    Wow , its so interesting , Mr Mahmoud Salem , you are a true Egyptian Citizen. To add my opinion on the issue of the Nile river , these days Ethiopia almost completed 20% of the construction of the Great Renaissance Dam and the most significant part of the construction , which is diverting the natural path of the river is already completed. The idea of constructing such huge dam was raised not because of our interest on the river but because of our development strategy and the need of power in our economy is increased so much and has to be supported by such a large amount of power supply . Actually , we were supposed to built the dam long before these days , but you know there were different factors , you might Guss what was it , we couldn’t do it till now .We think that this is the right time to built the dam with out any financial support from out side , we can built it by our finance and knowledge support and most importantly, we need power more that any time in the past and I also believe that , constructing the dam will not hurt Egypt’s interest and also any of the dawn stream regions. These is there for , it is better for both of us using the water responsibly rather than creating some hidden agendas like those Egyptian political parties did for the last few days.This will not help the people of both countries and the the world as a whole . Tanks again Mr Mahmoud Salem.

  • Debela

    Dear my Egyptian brothers and sisters!
    You are born and grownup in Ethiopian soil and water. The Blue Nile has
    provided you a million tons of fertile soil by eroding the highlands of
    Ethiopia each year and feeding you for centuries. The world’s number one fertile
    region of the delta has benefiting you from the soil originated from Ethiopia.
    Do you perceive we are from the same soil and water, share the same culture and
    religions? The Nile is the ‘natural’ gift for all the down and upstream
    countries. For centuries, the Egyptians and Sudanese have been used the total
    share of the river endorsed by the colonial era in 1929 and 1959 by neglecting
    other countries. Though more than 85% of the Nile flow from Ethiopia highlands,
    the colonial treaty of sharing the water kept Ethiopia aside and gave total
    share to Egypt and Sudan. It was unfair and injustice therefore unacceptable by any means.

    At current scenario, because of the climate change
    and ever-increasing population (91.2 million and estimated to be over 139
    million by 2030), Ethiopia also expected to encounter and faces a water
    shortage and scarcity. This is a reality by this time. Therefore, Ethiopian has
    the natural and legal rights of using the Blue Nile for her development in
    order to trap-out millions from absolute poverty and overcome the challenges
    that imposed by climate change. To be honest and frank of Egyptian brothers and
    sisters , no power can halting and distracting us from the building of GERD and
    other planned development projects in the near future on the Blue Nile and its
    tributaries. It is better die as health and wealth than being poor.

    Nevertheless, the water of the Nile is enough for
    all of us. Ethiopia has begun to erect the GERD on Blue Nile is aimed totally
    for the production of Electric Power. It is build near the Sudan border and the
    country has no irrigable land in that area. After generating a power the water
    continue its natural course and reached Sudan and Egypt with equal volume even
    at more regulated manner throughout the dry and rainy seasons. On the top,
    Egypt should have to also do her homework in the near future rather than
    seeking and running for maintaining ‘the old and unacceptable’ share of Nile’s
    water. Egypt is one of the most profligate users of water in the world. A lot
    of water is wasted in the desert for the production of rice and wheat and
    recreation industries. They have to develop and adopt efficient irrigation
    practices. The world is a witness for the malpractices of Egyptians on scarce water
    resource. Finally, win–win, mutual understanding and trust are a big solution
    for both sisterly countries than mourning for war. War may cost both countries
    a lot. We Ethiopian are aware of the cost of the war than any other countries
    in the world. Try to think again and again and advice those politicians that
    mongering war day and night in the African continent…..War may be a temporary
    solution. Don’t also be undermining the current status of Ethiopia. Ethiopia is
    advanced in military. Above all, you have to refer the history of Ethiopia
    during the war aggression from outside. Though we are varying in Ethnic,
    culture and religious, ideology, etc., we are keeping one in protecting our
    national sovereignty. It is ridiculously big greediness while the Egyptian is
    playing with bread and the counterpart Ethiopians is watching a free game!

  • Debela

    Dear my Egyptian brothers and sisters!
    You are born and grownup in Ethiopian soil and water. The Blue Nile has
    provided you a million tons of fertile soil by eroding the highlands of
    Ethiopia each year and feeding you for centuries. The world’s number one fertile region of the delta has benefiting you from the soil originated from Ethiopia. Do you perceive we are from the same soil and water, share the same culture and religions? The Nile is the ‘natural’ gift for all the down and upstream countries. For centuries, the Egyptians and Sudanese have been used the total share of the river endorsed by the colonial era in 1929 and 1959 by neglecting other countries. Though more than 85% of the Nile flow from Ethiopia highlands, the colonial treaty of sharing the water kept Ethiopia aside and gave total share to Egypt and Sudan. It was unfair and injustice therefore unacceptable by any means.

    At current scenario, because of the climate change and ever-increasing population (91.2 million and estimated to be over 139 million by 2030), Ethiopia also expected to encounter and faces a water shortage and scarcity. This is a reality by this time. Therefore, Ethiopian has the natural and legal rights of using the Blue Nile for her development in order to trap-out millions from absolute poverty and overcome the challenges that imposed by climate change. To be honest and frank of Egyptian brothers and sisters , no power can halting and distracting us from the building of GERD and other planned development projects in the near future on the Blue Nile and its tributaries. It is better die as health and wealth than being poor.

    Nevertheless, the water of the Nile is enough for all of us. Ethiopia has begun to erect the GERD on Blue Nile is aimed totally for the production of Electric Power. It is build near the Sudan border and the country has no irrigable land in that area. After generating a power the water
    continue its natural course and reached Sudan and Egypt with equal volume even at more regulated manner throughout the dry and rainy seasons. On the top, Egypt should have to also do her homework in the near future rather than seeking and running for maintaining ‘the old and unacceptable’ share of Nile’s water. Egypt is one of the most profligate users of water in the world. A lot of water is wasted in the desert for the production of rice and wheat and recreation industries. They have to develop and adopt efficient irrigation practices. The world is a witness for the malpractices of Egyptians on scarce water resource. Finally, win–win, mutual understanding and trust are a big solution for both sisterly countries than mourning for war. War may cost both countries
    a lot. We Ethiopian are aware of the cost of the war than any other countries in the world. Try to think again and again and advice those politicians that mongering war day and night in the African continent…..War may be a temporary solution. Don’t also be undermining the current status of Ethiopia. Ethiopia is advanced in military. Above all, you have to refer the history of Ethiopia during the war aggression from outside. Though we are varying in Ethnic, culture and religious, ideology, etc., we are keeping one in protecting our national sovereignty. It is ridiculously big greediness while the Egyptian is playing with bread and the counterpart Ethiopians is watching a free game!

  • Addis Baby

    Lets NOT turn this discussion into something that is not. Lets focus on the articl here. In 2013, War should be OUT of the equation! C’mon people! Why can’t we reason and look at the situation form both sides and what is fair and reasonable?!?!
    As an Ethiopian, I would like to see both countries come together as African’s and do what is right based on facts! Thank you for the article!

  • M.Amanuel L. Md, Phd

    Let me make myself
    clear.First of all the IMF must be very careful by lending money to
    fundamentalists, fanatics and lunatics all over the world. I don’t
    think the IMF dominated by the EU is aware of today’s Egyptian
    politians andv many in the opposition group are nothing but Wolves in
    sheeps clothes’s. The IMF that has taken a negative stance concerning
    even much smaller loans to Sub-Saharan African countries is making
    preparations to accomodate the illegal Islamist government to provide
    it with a long term cheap loan worth of $ (€) to Egypt whichn is
    not only a miscarriage of democracy, plurality, justice, freedom and
    racism. When Many African countries and in particular Ethiopia aked
    for a loan from the IMF, the IMF have always turned a blind eye was
    deaf and mute to their pleadge. Allow me to express the facts in
    short: The past is the prent and the present is the future. It seems
    that Europe is still stcked in it’s Imperialistic/ racisitic
    (=fascisitic) policy where in many European countries there still
    remains an opinion that ”colonialism was the good thing that have
    happened to African countries). Mind you this is a very large number
    of people in present Europe that still believe in this absurd
    assertion. For what? For what?: For trading in African human flesh?;
    for the mass genocide of Africans by Europeans?; For getting reach
    out of the free labour of African Nations for well over 450 years??
    For raping African women for v450 years?. For What???. I can correct
    European stupid ”wisdom” or saying which says that: ” A wise
    man learns from his own mistakes”. I say as an African that A wise
    man/women learns from other peoples mistakes, A Stupid man/women
    learns from other peoples mistakes; And, it is only an imbesil and an
    idiot that don’t even learn from his/her mistakes.
    What Egypt desperately needs today is not loan but a geniune democraticcoalition government with visionary, wise, peaceloving and mentally healthy political leadears. And, that can be achieved by holding a new transparent election in the presence of the International
    community. Then After the election Egypt can form a coalition
    government that consists of the opposition leaders including Mr.
    Mohamed ElBaradei (holding high position in the government apparatus)
    and others like him and visionary intellectuals like Mr Mahmoud
    Salem as well as indipendent Christian and Women politicians in the
    government. Inorder to promote peace and stability in the reageon
    the International community including the IMF have both the
    responsibility and the moral obligation for this. As it has already been made public from the live televised positions of
    Egytian politicians they also have clearely stated in the meeting
    under the chairmanship of President Morsi that: 1.
    quote ”…Younas Makhioum, Chairman of Al-Nour part… WE Israel
    and the U.S which are behind the construction of the Great Ethiopian
    Reinessance Dam= GERD and will use it as lethal…(unaudiable)
    bargaining chip to pressure Egypt….bla bla…bla…and so and so we
    shall practice Interventionalism by supporting ”rebel groupsthat
    belong to the Oromo and the Ogaden liberation front…….The
    domestic Ethiopian front is very weak and fragile…we can resort to
    our intellegence agencies to destroy the GERD Dam…” unquote. The
    IMF has been supporting Egypt and boycoting Etiopia but despite this
    fact Ethiopia have crashed both terrorist organisations to a point of
    non excistance. 2. Aman
    Nour. Chairman , Ghad Al- Thawra party ”…The need is not an
    Embassy but a task force that will deal with politics and
    intellegence so that we can interfere in their domestic affairs….”.
    Does this imbessile have any idea that Ethiopia today have a highely
    qualified secret service that an handel even thougher conditiopns
    than his suggestion?. 3. Muhammed
    Anwar Essmat Al- Sadat Chairman of Reform and Development party.
    Quote. ” …We shall form an axis with Eritrea, Somalia and
    Djibouti intellegence agencies inorder to destroy the GERD Dam…”
    unquote. This another debil is out of touch. First of all which
    Somalia is he talking about?: Somaliland? Puntland? Or Somalia of
    Mogadishu. The last one as far as I know is supported by Ethiopia and
    the AU to seriousely be engaged in rebuilding their country and if
    Egypt manages to turn the table upside down by supporting Al Quaida
    affliated Al Shabab then it will definately complicate the issue for
    Egypt itself and the gallant and heroic Ethiopian Military Defence
    Foces will be back within days and mow the fundamentalists once
    again. And I don’t think this time around the mighty U.S.A will be
    relactant to give modern armaments like Patriot missiles, fighter
    jets like F-16 and or F-18 Hornets for self defence because it will
    also be in the best interest of the interests of the U.S.A and it is
    also a question of National security interset of the mighty U.S.A. 4.
    Muhahammed Ahmed Hussein,
    Chairman ióf Islamic Labour party. Quote ”… I am very fond of
    battle (Mein Kampf or the dead usama bin ladin???) with the enemies
    of course- with America and Israel…..Our war is with America and
    Israel…” unquote. Here once again I want to ask the International
    community and the IMF: What the hell are you doing and don’t you feel
    any responsibility for regional and International peace?. When you
    have always been so quick to reject even smaller loans for
    Sub-Saharan Africa and for economical stability and development of
    Ethiopia in particular, you are in a hurry like before to give
    exactely the amount it asked knowing about ALL the above facts.
    Furthermore, Germany’s decission to sell to Egypt a destryer
    (nuclear?) submarine is totally irresponssible. Lastely. 5.
    President Morsi said: quote
    ”… We have very serious measures to protect every single drop of
    Nile water….Every Single Drop…” unquote.
    President Morsi all Ethiopia wants is her God given right of equitable share of water in a win win solution. You must understand that Ethiopia have the right to use Abay= the Blue Nile both for electricity production
    and irrigation.1. In
    fact Egypt, Sudan and their supporters and financiers must have payed
    for the death of millions of Ethiopians because of draught and famine
    in the midest of abundant Abay= Blue nile water resources since
    Ethiopia was sabotaged and boycouted by the above. 2.
    Egypt must have already payed a war compensation for trying to
    destabilise Ethiopia but wants to continue to destabilise Ethiopia.
    3. Why don’t Egypt
    start investing in dasallination plants in her Red Sea cost and 4.
    Why don’t Egypt start drilling and utilizing her underground water
    reserves.
    Peace between Ethiopia and Egypt can only be achieved through mutual respect and dialog as well as Egypt and Sudan accepting the God given rights to use Abay=the Blue Nile both for electricity production and
    irrigation. Let it be known that Ethiopia’s projects on Abay is
    recognised by the international community. Any rhetoric short of that
    will never achieve the intended goal of a win-win solution on the
    contrary will only lead to extremely dangerous situations. And, if
    Ethiopia is in anyway even disturbed to accomplish every project in
    the pipeline. Rest assured there are so many knowledgable specialists
    in physics and chemistry in Ethiopia that can easely use a nuclear
    matterial and others with which Ethiopia is blessed with and
    continuesely contaminate the water. President Morsi river water don’t
    flow downwards it flows downwards. In other words if Egyptian
    politicians will continue thie Evil plans aganist Ethiopia and if
    Ethiopia can not get an equitable watershare of its own Abay and use
    it then Ethiopians without the consent of the central government will
    individually have the responsibility and obligation to do just that
    and Egypt will never be able to use the Nile river at least for the
    next 100 years if not for 150 years. Catastrophic don’t you think so?
    But without a shadow of a doubt doeble very easily. Ethiopians are
    NOT going to die because of famine, their life expectancy shortened
    and live theier lives in darkness anymore. Enough is Enough.

    Thank you

    M.Amanuel.L MD, Phd

  • M.Amanuel L. Md, Phd

    Let me make myself
    clear.First of all the IMF must be very careful by lending money to
    fundamentalists, fanatics and lunatics all over the world and in this
    case Egyptian politicians I don’t think the IMF dominated by the EU
    is aware of today’s Egyptian politicans andv many in the opposition
    group are nothing but Wolves in sheeps clothes’s. The IMF that has
    taken a negative stance concerning even much smaller loans to
    Sub-Saharan African countries and is making preparations to
    accomodate the illegal Islamist government to provide it with a long
    term cheap loan worth of $ 4.8 (€) billion to Egypt which is not
    only a miscarriage of justice, democracy, plurality, freedom and
    that of a racist policy of yesteryears. By spreading the words, even
    the young generations of many African countries including Ethiopia
    are aware that when Many Sub- Saharan African countries and in
    particular Ethiopia aked for a loan from the IMF, the IMF have always
    turned a blind eye and was deaf and mute to their pleadge. Allow me
    to express the facts in short: The past is the prent and the present
    is the future. It seems that Europe is still stucked in it’s
    Imperialistic/ racisitic (=fascisitic) policy where in many European
    countries there still remains an opinion that ”colonialism was the
    best thing that have happened to African countries). Mind you this is
    a very large number of people in present day so called the democratic
    and civilized part of the World. Europe that still believe in this
    absurd assertion. For what? For what?: For trading in African human
    flesh?; for the genocide of Africans by Europeans for humdreds of
    years?; For getting reach out of the free labour of African Nations
    for well over 450 years?? For raping African women for over 450
    years?. For What???. I can correct European stupid ”wisdom” or
    saying which says that: ” A wise man learns from his own mistakes”.
    I say as an African that A wise man/women learns from other peoples
    mistakes, A Stupid man/women learns from other peoples mistakes; And,
    it is only an imbesil and an idiot that don’t even learn from his/her
    mistakes.

    What Egypt
    desperately needs today is not loan but a geniune democratic
    coalition government with visionary, wise, peace loving and mentally
    healthy political leadears. And, that can be achieved by holding a
    new transparent election in the presence of the International
    community that includes th AU. Then After the election Egypt can
    form a coalition government that consists of the opposition leaders
    including Mr. Mohamed ElBaradei (holding high position in the
    government apparatus) and others like him and visionary
    intellectuals like Mr Mahmoud Salem as well as indipendent
    Christians and Women politicians in the government. Inorder to
    promote peace and stability in the reageon the International
    community including the IMF have both the responsibility and the
    moral obligation to do exactely this.

    As it
    has already been made public from the live televised positions of
    Egytian politicians they also have clearely stated in the meeting
    under the chairmanship of President Morsi that: 1.
    quote ”…Younas Makhioum, Chairman of Al-Nour part….. Israel and
    the U.S which are behind the construction of the Great Ethiopian
    Reinessance Dam= GERD and will use it as lethal…(unaudiable)
    bargaining chip to pressure Egypt….bla bla…bla…and so we shall
    practice Interventionalism by supporting ”rebel groups that belong
    to the Oromo and the Ogaden liberation front…….The domestic
    Ethiopian front is very weak and fragile…we can resort to our
    intellegence agencies to destroy the GERD Dam…” unquote. The IMF
    has been supporting Egypt and boycoting Etiopia but despite this fact
    Ethiopia have crashed both terrorist organisations to a point of non
    excistance. 2. Aman
    Nour. Chairman , Ghad Al- Thawra party ”…The need is not an
    Embassy but a task force that will deal with politics and
    intellegence so that we can interfere in their domestic affairs….”.
    Does this imbessile have any idea that Ethiopia today have a highely
    qualified secret service that can handel even thougher conditions
    than his suggestion?. Secondely don’t this idiot have an
    understanding that it is aganist International law and the Charter of
    the United Nations? 3. Muhammed
    Anwar Essmat Al- Sadat Chairman of Reform and Development party.
    Quote. ” …We shall form an axis with Eritrea, Somalia and
    Djibouti intellegence agencies inorder to destroy the GERD Dam…”
    unquote. This another stupid debil is out of touch. First of all
    which Somalia is he talking about?: Somaliland? Puntland? Or Somalia
    of Mogadishu. The last one as far as I know is supported by Ethiopia
    and the AU to seriousely be engaged in rebuilding their country and
    if Egypt manages to turn the table upside down by supporting Al
    Quaida affliated Al Shabab then it will definately complicate the
    issue for Egypt itself and the gallant and heroic Ethiopian Military
    Defence Foces will be back within days and mow the fundamentalists
    once again. And I don’t think this time around the mighty U.S.A will
    be relactant to give modern armaments like Patriot missiles, fighter
    jets like F-18 Hornets and bunker buster bombs for self defence
    because it will also be in the best interest of the U.S.A and it is
    also a question of National security interset of the mighty U.S.A. 4.
    Muhahammed Ahmed Hussein,
    Chairman of Islamic Labour party. Quote ”… I am very fond of
    battle: Which One? (Hitlers Mein Kampf or the dead Usama Bin Ladin
    or both???) with the enemies of course- with America and
    Israel…..Our war is with America and Israel…” unquote. Here
    once again I want to ask the International community and the IMF:
    What the hell are you doing and don’t you feel any responsibility for
    regional and International peace and collective security?. When you
    have always been so quick to reject even smaller loans for
    Sub-Saharan Africa and for economical stability and development of
    Ethiopia in particular, now you are in a hurry like before to give
    exactely the amount Egypt asked for ($4.8 billion € ????: Knowing
    ALL about the above facts. Furthermore, Germany’s decission to sell
    to Egypt a destryer (nuclear?) submarine is totally irresponssible.
    Lastely. 5. President
    Morsi in the same meeting said: quote ”… We have very serious
    measures to protect every single drop of Nile water….Every Single
    Drop…” unquote.

    President
    Morsi all Ethiopia wants is her God given right of equitable share of
    water in a win win solution. You must understand that Ethiopia have
    the right to use Abay= the Blue Nile both for electricity production
    and irrigation.1. In
    fact Egypt, Sudan and their supporters and financiers must have
    payedor shall pay in the future for the death of millions of
    Ethiopians because of draught and famine in the midest of abundant
    Abay= Blue Nile water resources since Ethiopia was sabotaged and
    boycouted by all the above. 2.
    Egypt must have already payed a war compensation for trying to
    destabilise Ethiopia but wants to continue to destabilise Ethiopia.
    3. Why don’t Egypt
    start investing in dasallination plants in her Red Sea cost and 4.
    Why don’t Egypt start drilling and utilizing her underground water
    reserves.

    Peace between
    Ethiopia and Egypt can only be achieved through mutual respect and
    dialog as well as Egypt and Sudan accepting Ethiopia’s God given
    rights to use Abay=the Blue Nile both for electricity production and
    irrigation. Let it be known that Ethiopia’s projects on Abay is
    recognised by the international community. Any rhetoric short of that
    will never achieve the intended goal of a win-win solution on the
    contrary will only lead to extremely dangerous situations. And, if
    Ethiopia is in anyway even disturbed to accomplish every project in
    the pipeline. Rest assured there are so many knowledgable specialists
    in physics and chemistry in Ethiopia that can easely use a nuclear
    matterial and others with which Ethiopia is blessed with and
    continuesely contaminate the water. President Morsi river water don’t
    flow downwards it flows upwards. In other words if Egyptian
    politicians will continue thie Evil plans aganist Ethiopia and if
    Ethiopia can not get an equitable watershare of its own Abay and use
    it then Ethiopians without the consent of the central government will
    individually have the responsibility and obligation to do just that
    and Egypt will never be able to use the Nile river at least for the
    next 100 years or for150 years. Catastrophic of Biblical proportion.
    Don’t you think so? On the other hand just try to proove it that we
    did it. Do youu think it is possible? It can happen that the tragedy
    took place outside the borders of Ethiopia. Can you grasp that? But
    without a shadow of a doubt doeble very easily. Ethiopians are NOT
    going to die because of famine anymore. And, their life expectancy
    will not be shortened as a result and or live theier lives in
    darkness anymore. Enough is Enough.

    Thank you

    M.Amanuel.L MD,
    Phd

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  • Daniel Girma

    Thank you Mahmoud Salem for this article. The time for war and backward thinking is over.War will only slow our economy only and cause for us to lose such precious lives of both Egypt and Ethiopia. This mad thinking is over and i still see some old politicians who are left overs from that time when people used to think like that but no more. The youth now is educated and holds bright future for Africa. The youth can think logically and bring about a productive solution that benefits all with wise leaders from both countries.The technology and the science is not hidden from anybody, let the Egyptians water specialists come and see what we are working on.Let them help us in making the dam beneficial to both Egypt and Ethiopia.Our late P.M. had a great vision. He hated poverty so much and wanted to change it hence the reason We are in war with poverty and changing the lives of poor Ethiopians and Africans as a whole along with every one of our brothers and sisters in the continent. We will work together with our brothers and sisters and change the lives of many Africans and Africa will no longer be a poor continent.This is my view and the view of many Ethiopians.

  • Enoch

    A nation engaged in exterminating its original Coptic population can never be trusted. There is a divine wrath coming over Egypt and there is nothing we can do to stop it, nothing! Stop, talking about peace and love where there is no peace and love. Accept The Lord Jesus Christ and repent!

  • Derejr Abebe

    Wow Mr Salem I am impressed by your insight, courage and vision. You are the voice of the voiceless not only in Egypt but in all Africa and middle east where politicians think of war instead of working together. We all knew that this is an old strategy to divert the national attention but with brilliant mind like you Africa will not entertain war monger leaders any more. Thanks man.

  • Ahmed

    Well thought and well said. The FACT and the REALITY is well written even though it may not be palatable to some Egyptians.
    The Party”leaders” are IRRESPONSIBLE & IMMATURE. Are they Educated????? They are not even street smarts. It was shocking and embarrassing what they were saying at the meeting. Shame on them and their followers!!! Are they really party “leaders”??? The president put himself and his dignity down by talking with such kind of :leaders”. They are neither politicians nor intellectuals. They are idiot and stone-headed guys. Egyptians deserve much better leaders than these.

  • Hana N.

    First of all we need to learn how to save water on an individual level. Look around and notice how Egyptians waste huge amounts of water watering plants in the public/private gardens, clubs etc. I had to teach my cleaning lady to turn the tap off whenever she does not actually need water in the bathroom and/or kitchen. She would not be disturbed in the least by water running freely from the open tap while she would walk away for good 10 minutes! In Europe people pay water very very expensive and everyone is extremely careful while washing dishes or taking showers. People in Egypt need to be educated through their homes, schools, TV programming etc. to realize that they only have this ONE river to supply water for 92 mil. inhabitants. When we start caring on the individual level, caring as a society will follow automatically.

  • Yoseph Berhe

    This is a fact,and a healthy outlook if one is ready to live in this planet with love and peace.Some of you are discussing about relgion which is diverting the real sense of the actuall point.Religion is self exploration.We do not need preachers of any religion,so stay tuned to the actuallity of the situation.People like Mr salem are what we need for our growth in every aspect,cause conciousness is the solution of any difficulty or problem.Maximum Respect to Mr Salem

  • Girma

    @Mr. Salem, You are a wise man unlike Mursi’s staffs.

  • Bety Dawit

    I am very proud of you. because of your professional and humanity thinking. but still I am afraid by the few Egyptians unethical and shameful action which is performed several violent attacks against Ethiopian refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt. but i don’t think to do like that even for my enemy at such conditions are available. it’s shameful of the country.

  • Habtu Bawe Chereto

    Good lesson for all human being. We all World Citizens lets do right thing to make world better place to all.Thank you Mr.Salem for brilliant advice.

  • teferi

    win win solution the only alternative not “our blood is alternative”because this is 21 century.

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  • Shire

    Egyptians should not trust the fascist Ethiopian government, this country is a reason why both its neighbors Eritrea and Somalia are under the constant threat of invasion and destruction. The ethiopian government will indeed use this dam to express its power further in the region. THIS DAM IS NOT FOR IRRIGATION OR FARMLAND FOR THE “POOR STARVING AIDS INFESTED ETHIOPIANS”, its too further embolden the current government image and strategic interests. Ethiopia is a sick country, that has been meddling and destabilizing most of its neighboring countries and egypt should not let it get the upperhand. Just look at the somalis in the Ogaden region of ethiopia that have been murdered and forgotten.

    • dave smith

      You are not invited in this discussion. You are one of Isayas Afewarik slaves

  • Shire

    Ehiopia is a country built by the help of colonialists, thats why ethiopia was the only african country at the berlin conference when the imperialists were drawing africas new borders. This fake country has been occupying and subjugating the oromo and somali people for a century now and it makes me sick how habashi people can defend there fascist country. I as an african support egypt and its people!!!!!

    • dave smith

      You are Shabia, Loser!

  • Shire

    African people support egypt, not fascist ethiopia which does not care if its people starve or are illiterate. Ethiopia is two faced and cannot be trusted, it has been supporting warlords and secessionist groups in somalia to weaken and divide it, the same in eritrea! They even invaded somalia after its 20 year long civil war ended, now there are al qaeda groups opperating there, thanks alot ethiopia!!!!!!!

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  • Kupti

    Mahmoud Salem,

    You are a light in the see of darkness, Keep it up. The greatest gift of humanity to have a concious and to think for oneself.

  • Mesfin Temtimie

    Thank you what a positive view

  • ALILEGN

    bravo SALEM GO GO GO GO GO GO , I AM INSPIRED BY YOUR FAIRNESS AND BRILLIANT JUSTIFICATIONS… WE ETHIOPIANS DON’T WANT TO HURT EGYPT ,ALSO WE EXPECT NOT TO BE HURTED BY EGYPT…AND SOME ONE DO NOT FORGET THAT WE ALL NEED TO EAT SO..LETS SHARE NILE ,NOT EQUALLY BUT EQUITABLY .THANKS AGAIN

  • mengsteab

    Be rational

  • mengsteab

    I like it all you analysis just believe you are an African you know we Ethiopians are striving the development Africa and African unity ,reminiscence because we know the the conspiracy of liberals.we don’t wish something challenge in any country particularly in Africa and pan Africans that is all our vision,but sth. is expected from Egypt to remove sense of colonized mentality we can do win-win if you be come to the right track.

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