In an article in the British Middle East Eye entitled "How the Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia became a catastrophe for Egypt", editor of the site David Hurst wrote that the Grand Dam could displace millions of Egyptians and Sisi must bear full responsibility for this national disaster that did not It was not because of a large (population) explosion, but with a drop of water.
Hurst said that Ethiopia had initially denied what was feared by the 100 million Egyptians living along the Nile, that the filling of the Grand Renaissance Dam reservoir had begun.
He recalled that on July 15, Ethiopian national television cut the news bulletin to retreat and apologize hours after the Water and Irrigation Minister Silesi Baqli initially claimed that the photos published by Reuters news agency showed water that was "of heavy rain".
But after Sudan confirmed that many of its stations on the Nile had stopped working due to a sudden retreat in the waters of the river, Ethiopia was forced to confess saying its foreign minister, Guido Andar Gashiu, who gave up all aspects of diplomacy. The river anymore. Ethiopia will get all the development you want from it. Actually, Nile us! ”
Hurst pointed out that the dam for Ethiopia is to realize a dream dating back to Emperor Haile Selassie in the sixties, and it is not only a means to provide electricity to an energy-thirsty nation, but rather the cornerstone of the country's political and economic renaissance. It also means that the colonial powers can no longer veto Ethiopia as it was in the past.
It (Ethiopia) hosts the headquarters of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for the continent, and has a very strong and powerful army. This is precisely the reverse path, from a regional power to a neglected issue that was discussed by "Egypt (President) Abdel Fattah El-Sisi".
The author hinted that the negotiations on the Renaissance Dam had reached nothing, which had made Ethiopia move ahead with its plans and the dam had become a reality on the ground.
He pointed out that one of the assurances provided by Ethiopia internationally that the tank - which will be the size of London - will be used to generate electricity only.
But by virtue of his knowledge of some Gulf businessmen who have been offered stakes in the land adjacent to the reservoir, this land will become highly valuable once irrigated with the water of the reservoir and the reservoir will be used for irrigation and agriculture as well as electricity generation.
The article concluded that Egypt is unable to stop filling the dam and preventing Ethiopians from using the water in the reservoir as they want. It faces an existential crisis, and a country with more than 100 million people cannot survive on the declining waters of the Nile, and this is the catastrophe of Egypt that could displace millions.