Egypt's Dam Problem: The Geopolitics of the Nile

9. nov.. 2020
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Writing by Sam Denby
Research by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation by Josh Sherrington
Sound by Graham Haerther
Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster
Select footage courtesy the AP Archive
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  • Egypt wants the floods that’s the problem because that’s the way they end up with fertile soil.

    scott moorescott moore10 minutter siden
  • I'm surprised you didn't mention the options Egypt has such as desalination just like Isreal and other countries do. Egypt has built its own dam, the Aswan dam without any objection. Egypt refers to a colonial era treaty but Ethiopia was never colonized and maintains her Sovereignty !

    E BoyeE BoyeTime siden
  • Dam Ethiopian...

    Yasin HasanYasin HasanDag siden
  • Egypt will destroy Ethiopias dam. Ethiopia is just a lightweight! Egypt is ranked the 9th strongest army in the world

    Moe BakerMoe BakerDag siden
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  • idk doesnt seem that bad i mean its just a khartoum after all

    oldman32oldman32Dag siden
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    Erick FreitasErick FreitasDag siden
  • I agree with this guy

    Eyobe IdoEyobe IdoDag siden
  • Ethiopia? You mean EPOpia?

    Austin MolitorAustin MolitorDag siden
  • Any trans-border dispute exists Britain: did i do that?

    Dawit ShikurDawit Shikur2 dager siden
  • good luck with thaT

    David SommerfieldDavid Sommerfield2 dager siden
  • What dept does Ethiopia taking on to build the damn

    Dave WinnDave Winn2 dager siden
  • he said mediteranean ocean lol

    Vetrila AndreiVetrila Andrei3 dager siden
  • This is a really informative production. Just the best, as always, from Wendover!

    RenegadeOfFunkRenegadeOfFunk4 dager siden
  • Then the Egyptians should be kind and humble and welcome Ethiopian migrants and protect Black Africans and Christians as a show of gratitude for Ethiopia not cutting off their water instead of having that superior Arab Muslim attitude.

    Nathan EddyNathan Eddy4 dager siden
    • Because they don't need gratitude, this is just illegal

      sebbo hsebbo h3 dager siden
  • Its etiopias water they were not included in the agrements so go ahead etiopia

    Fairy ZeroFairy Zero4 dager siden
  • Ah yes, Snoop Dogg's birthplace, The Kingdom of Kush

    Oliver BadstueOliver Badstue4 dager siden
  • ehhh.... hydroelectric dams suck anyway... they (& egypt & sudan) should be thinking about solar long term

    mayoite160mayoite1604 dager siden
  • i say blow that fucking river up! how dare they do this to Egypt! egypt is a part of european history and european culture, egypt has a presence in balkin history, and had a presence in the bible which shaped german france and england history and even russians where christian once, the world needs to come together to protect Egypt from this heinous thing! we cannot allow Egypt to die like this 3 years of fammine X_X millions of egyptians will die nay tens of millions! if this damn causes 3 year famine i will personally go down to ethiopia and kick their ass! (as an american soldier)

    kitkat47 Chrysaliskitkat47 Chrysalis4 dager siden
    • @Nahom Worku wake up soldier, we have a dam to burn!

      kitkat47 Chrysaliskitkat47 Chrysalis2 dager siden
    • Why can't ethiopia built there dam? Egypt literly build their own Dams. And you should know there is thousands dying of poverty. Ethiopia already filled it It will be finished

      Nahom WorkuNahom Worku2 dager siden
  • "If the river’s level falls, then let all the Pharaoh’s soldiers rush and return only after the Nile is liberated from what restricts its flow." Engraved phrase On the walls of the Nile Scale in El Manial - Egypt .!!!!!

    Mohmed A KaderMohmed A Kader4 dager siden
  • Kingdom of Kush! Sounds pretty chill 👌😂

    SickageSickage5 dager siden
  • One way or another we Ethiopian will finish our one sleep peacefully until we finish our dam.

    Ashue AsefaAshue Asefa5 dager siden
    • You won't, or there will be a disaster

      sebbo hsebbo h3 dager siden
  • How about Ethiopia fills the reservoir up as fast as reasonably possible and the West supplies the downstream nations with water to mitigate the deficit? Water is hardly scarce in Northern Europe and we would benefit from facilitating a renewable energy megaproject like this as well.... Not to mention an Ethiopia that doesn't need emergency food aid every other year. Plus we've already got a massive fleet of mostly empty container ships going back to China via the Suez Canal anyways. Just an idea.

    David SchaftenaarDavid Schaftenaar5 dager siden
  • Egypt have a problem of water management and it's a religious country , so it's hard for them to advance

    Y HSY HS5 dager siden
  • Unfortunately Egypt feels that it can boss Ethiopia around but that is very unproductive

    addis 13addis 135 dager siden
  • Kingdom of Kush the dankest kingdom

    Dhananjeyan NatarajanDhananjeyan Natarajan5 dager siden

    FrooshantayFrooshantay5 dager siden
  • As an Egyptian, unpopular opinion here: The dam actually ruined us. The water level got way low, thereby growing the desert regions. The land to live on, is actually shrinking at a fast rate. 🇪🇬 🇪🇬 🇪🇬

    Neferi WaenreNeferi Waenre5 dager siden
    • Free Giulio Regeni

      sebbo hsebbo h3 dager siden
  • Our river, we'll build the dam or destroy the river wish no more Nile

    BIG MAHIRBIG MAHIR5 dager siden
    • You won't 😂

      sebbo hsebbo h3 dager siden

  • Satanic symbols. F you!

    Sharon PetittoSharon Petitto6 dager siden
    • Satan? It doesn't exist, like God as well

      sebbo hsebbo h3 dager siden
  • no mention of Lake Nassar which mitigates the Nile flow problem.

    middleguymiddleguy6 dager siden
  • More videos on geopolitics please and not bloody airlines 🙄😂

    B E N N E T TB E N N E T T6 dager siden
  • The video is pretty good, only missed one point, Ethiopia can generate same amount of electricity with 14 billion cubic meters reservoir, though they want 74 bn to make a water bank and sell water to Egypt (water like oil).

    ShokryShokry6 dager siden
  • Fair analysis of the situation well done. I still hope we don't end up blowing up this Dam but we have no choice but to. It's not something that will make us happy but it will definitely keep us hydrated and uhmmm....alive!

    Yassin KoptanYassin Koptan6 dager siden
  • Isn’t the kind of sad that if the Opia has bigger and better infrastructure projects than most of the Western world. Whereas we all say, no, too expensive.. No wonder everything is crumbling around us. Stop doing this kind of stuff 50 years ago

    Conor SConor S6 dager siden
  • Ethiopia clearly dont give a dam.

    Muhammad Lutfil Hadi Bin HanafeeMuhammad Lutfil Hadi Bin Hanafee6 dager siden
  • And now i wanna play simcity

    Jack BridgeJack Bridge6 dager siden
  • i smell war

    junior reyesjunior reyes6 dager siden
  • If they currently use 187 times less electricity than America, than doubling their electrical output would not give them a surplus of energy. It would simply make so the people there have a little more access to electricity.

    Stephen YoungStephen Young6 dager siden
  • Eygptians are acting as if the water is originating from their land, even the word selfish can't describe them enough, 85% of the water is going from ETHIOPIA! how come we aren't able to use our water?? We didn't say that the whole water is gonna be halted from flowing but we both can share the water!!! IT IS MY DAM!!!

    Samrawit TesfayeSamrawit Tesfaye7 dager siden
    • You would kill 40 millions people

      sebbo hsebbo h3 dager siden
  • No mention of Lake Nasser, the 50 year old, sixth largest, dam in the world. In Egypt. It is twice the size of the Ethiopian dam being built. I think they will survive, with or without an agreement of filling rate in Ethiopia.

    dxbmickdxbmick7 dager siden
  • will there be famine in egypt due to the lack of water?

    悬黎悬黎7 dager siden
    • Yes

      sebbo hsebbo h3 dager siden
  • You have made nearly a million people stupider. The CCP is building the dam for the CCP. They do not care what European's call these places. The CCP considers all of Africa nothing more than a satellite state of CHYna.

    David CurrDavid Curr8 dager siden
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  • Malhamdulillah.,

    Ravi MRavi M8 dager siden
  • Egypt is crazy she thinks, the Nile river is her God given right.. Do you know Egypt why she is so concerned because she is selling the water for Israel and exporting powers to Europe, Greece etc.. 🇬🇷.Nile making billions for Egypt.. Now its time 🇪🇹 would love to drink her own water, after she is the mother for Nile..

    Ananas zuluAnanas zulu9 dager siden
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    Chris GeorgeChris George9 dager siden
  • Nile source is Ethiopia The great Ethiopian Renaissance dam is right . Egypt be careful you will pay a big sacrifice

    Faaya OromiyaaFaaya Oromiyaa9 dager siden
  • Tbh Egypt has no one but themselves to blame. They relied too much on the nile as though it were infinite, they enforced old colonial treaties that disadvantaged other upstream countries, and instead of fostering friendly diplomatic relations with their neighboring African countries they got swept up in the PanArabist nonsense of the 20th century and cast Africa aside.. They've looked down on us Subsaharan Africans for too long.

    VanLightning900VanLightning9009 dager siden
  • Shortage of water will kill millions of people in Egypt... It's a matter of life and death... No agreement equals war

    Yasser Farouk RaghebYasser Farouk Ragheb9 dager siden
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    Tom SdralisTom Sdralis10 dager siden
  • Egypt no water egypt people deccal egypt people dead Thank you ethiopia bravo ethiopia.

    김정은Kim jong-un김정은Kim jong-un10 dager siden
  • I see an Egyptian-Ethiopian War coming.

    Sir Xi Gutierrez von Wallenstein VISir Xi Gutierrez von Wallenstein VI10 dager siden
    • @bircruz555 please tell me the facts, because so far you have mentioned 200 year old wars and just said I was plain wrong when I made a point.

      Z AZ A5 dager siden
    • @Z A I really do not care who you are. I am just telling you the facts.

      bircruz555bircruz5555 dager siden
    • @bircruz555 I am not Egyptian and do not care how corrupt there military is, I am not saying Ethiopia is a worse country I am simply stating facts, Egypt can not win a war a quarter of a continent away but that wouldn't be there goal because there goal wouldn't be invasion or a long bloody war there goal would be to bomb the dam, Sudan gave Egypt an airfield close to Ethiopia and they would just use that to bomb Ethiopia.

      Z AZ A5 dager siden
    • @Z A Try it and find out. The proof is in the pudding. Egyptian army is a corrupt institution holding a state hostage. Start there.

      bircruz555bircruz5555 dager siden
    • @Z A Add to that Ethiopia is currently in a civil war.

      Sir Xi Gutierrez von Wallenstein VISir Xi Gutierrez von Wallenstein VI6 dager siden
  • I didn`t know there was such a close multilateral cooperation on the Senegal river. Unfortunately, defusing the situation between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will be much harder. All three of these states are notably unstable and facing terrible internal crisis. Cultivating hostilities abroad is one of the oldest tricks in the book of how dictators can distract the population from their own issues to keep a country united.

    No0dzNo0dz10 dager siden
  • egypts got one big damn problem

    Cedar VircksCedar Vircks11 dager siden
  • The Nile, the land used to be blood flow for a moment of Moses mighty hands.

    Insight RevealInsight Reveal11 dager siden
  • Top gear fans know the niles source

    JamestuffJamestuff11 dager siden

    Master RobotnikMaster Robotnik11 dager siden
  • Colonial powers leaving was such a mistake. These tribes have no idea what they are doing.

    Rune GoonRune Goon11 dager siden
  • The Aswan high dam resivoir should offset the majority of water concerns displayed here concerning the renaissance resivoir fill time. In short, the people of Egypt do not need to be concerned as there is a massive resivoir already established right at their southern border.

    Deja VuDeja Vu11 dager siden
  • Beavis, is this a god dam?

    Distane 83Distane 8311 dager siden
  • Think of a random conflict... the UK is someway or another related to it lol

    hairlesheephairlesheep11 dager siden
  • Dont understand the issue. Dams create retention lakes, but once that lake is full, the same amount of water that originally went down river still has to go down river. Dams dont and cant reduce water flow indefinitely.

    Brian ChandlerBrian Chandler11 dager siden
    • Tell that to the Egyptians. And this dam is built 25 miles from the Sudanese boarder, which means that the Ethiopians did not intend it for irrigation, which is not possible anyway. Not much flat land in that part of Ethiopia.

      bircruz555bircruz5559 dager siden
  • 7:41 African squidward?

    Jerry CaiJerry Cai12 dager siden
  • Ethiopia was not at the table when these agreements were made and there's no reason to be bound by them. Foreigners deciding on things over which they have no control. Ethiopia should look to it's defences.

    Marshall SuberMarshall Suber12 dager siden
  • Islamofascism will never allow cooperation with non-Muslims.

    Chief MacChief Mac12 dager siden
  • You forgot to mention that China is funding the cost of the the dam’s 14 turbines, which China will be manufacturing, installing and operating; at a cost of $1.8 billion. This dam is not self-financed entirely by Ethiopia as you imply. Ethiopia is part of China’s “One Belt One Road” worldwide infrastructure building program. When it comes to funding infrastructure projects in 2nd and 3rd world counties all the roads lead to China. Ethiopia’s current debt obligations to China is +5% of its annual GDP.

    Edward DeckerEdward Decker12 dager siden
  • 14:30 "Egypt maintains the rhetoric that predicts inevitable conflict if their demands arre not met..." . What makes the Pharoahs think the Ethiopians are so terrible that they can wipe them out, such arrogance of entitlement and superiority has caused many conflicts. The Pharaohs have learnt nothing from history - DIALOGUE, DIALOGUE DIALOGUE

    daniel luledaniel lule12 dager siden
    • When matter come to cut water flow for Egypt, it will be no dialogue at all.

      Ahmed SalmanAhmed Salman8 dager siden
  • Nile is great river.

    Fahim AlaminFahim Alamin12 dager siden
  • Lucky we have the UN to arbitrate such problems -- and figure out how they can get their share.

    Ken in ILKen in IL12 dager siden
  • I love it how statists can only think of state control of the river. Privatize it, all of it. All resource and pollution problems are the result of the tragedy of the commons.

    nustadanustada12 dager siden
  • Wasn't there a spark of Civil war recently?

    GracefulCubixGracefulCubix13 dager siden
  • Keep watching, They will fuck everything up. Pipe dreams and a money pit

    Samuel McCandlessSamuel McCandless13 dager siden
  • Do not cry,85% from Ethiopia and pay money no for free. Perhaps go to Saudi and try to get oil for free. The Nile belongs to just for Ethiopia

    Abby klayAbby klay13 dager siden
  • Enjoyable, informative video. Not Impressed with the underhanded jabs at colonialism, settlementarianism, and western technology. I’m happy the Ethiopian people are finally getting on their feet.

    Bueno KostiukBueno Kostiuk13 dager siden
  • The colonial era treaty is no more accepted. The British has played a dumb game to utilize 100% of the water to produce the cotton they need for the textile factories in Manchester. It has now come a time for the equitable distribution of the natural resource and this is what Ethiopia is going for.

    EnkuEnku13 dager siden

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  • Don’t say Egypt is a Nile the Nile 85% come from Ethiopian Highlands 🇪🇹 so wath ??????

    A. MaghsoodiA. Maghsoodi13 dager siden
  • Also, the main customers for Ethiopian power will be Sudan and Kenya. Uganda is actually a competitor to Ethiopia as it too is building more dams on its Nile and I do not see how Ethiopia would sell to Tanzania without passing through either Uganda (not really as Uganda plans to do the same and will clearly not allow a competitor to pass through. Plus, Uganda has no border with Ethiopia, those power lies would have to pass through a very unstable South Sudan to reach Uganda in the first place) or Kenya(whose power lines from Ethiopia will end somewhere in the Central Rift )

    Gerald MaxwellGerald Maxwell13 dager siden
  • The problem with Egypt is that it tries to impose the Nile Agreement on nations that did not exist at the time. The Nile Agreement was between The British and Egypt. Kenya was British East Africa, Uganda was the Uganda Protectorate, Tanzania was British Tanganyika (and previously German East Africa alongside Rwanda and Burundi which were handed over to the Belgians just two years prior). None of those entities exist today and trying to impose the same conditions does not wash. No nation adheres to colonial era agreements made not by the locals but the colonial power, ever. And Ethiopia was BTW never a party to the Nile Agreement ,ever. Even though Ethiopia was an independent nation at the time. In the end, Egypt will either have to drop its stance on the Nile and negotiate with downstream nations or it will face a united downstream pact where Uganda, Ethiopia Kenya and Tanzania continue to draw on the sources of the Nile and end up signing a defence pact that even Egypt, as powerful as it is may not want to face. Also Egypt needs to look at what Israel has done and build giant desalination plants along its Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts and also recycle the water from sewer plants for things like watering gardens, washing cars and the likes, instead of relying on the Nile.

    Gerald MaxwellGerald Maxwell13 dager siden
  • good luck with that. have you ever been there?

    plankerplanker13 dager siden
  • Sir James may and two other blokes discovered the source of the Nile in 3 estate cars!

    Archie KeenArchie Keen13 dager siden
  • Yes, Egypt depends on the Nile. But, Sudan has more Nile water on land than Egypt. So, Sudan is the Nile. Please, fix the border line between Sudan and Egypt. The Hala’ib Triangle belongs to Sudan. Be objective.

    Al MetalicanoAl Metalicano13 dager siden
  • Finally you have raised great Recommendations ....but as I see Egypt is self centered country . As I saw from another video nile water was shared to another country and used highly wastefully ...Egyptians want to control Nile by themselves ...

  • sounds like eygpt needs to build a dam

    John WayneJohn Wayne14 dager siden
  • great vid

    Erich PizerErich Pizer14 dager siden
  • You play with map between Sudan and Egypt, you either give Egypt Halaib or beer Altaweel, you can't give Egypt both,

    Alam algalyAlam algaly14 dager siden
  • I would say the bigger problem for Egypt is not "only" the "short-time" problem filling of the reservoir, but even worse the "forever" situation that it can and will regulate the flow level. No more floods. For Ethiopia, it's most beneficial, that the amount that passes through is steady over the whole year, so that all turbines can produce energy all the time. But no more floods destroy the cycle of Nile flooding the land around it, fertilizing it.

    Clemens KatzerClemens Katzer14 dager siden
  • What a DAMN problem

    Noam StoplerNoam Stopler14 dager siden
  • Ethiopia:DAM Egypt:DAMN

    Kinjal RegmiKinjal Regmi14 dager siden
  • 7:35. Ethiopia doesn't export enough food etc to pay for these projects. but the CCP needs food,cheap food so....hiding behind the drapes are CCP operatives.

    MercmadMercmad14 dager siden
  • Thanks for sharing your video. Your message is excellent as far as dealing with brothers in the African countries. We should not ignore the Organization of the African Unity (OAU) charter and what it says about borders after decolonization and here let me stress that Ethiopians are and should be the first and only beneficiaries of the Blue Nile. The second point, your analysis of filing up of the dam is not realistic as it usually takes 4 to 7 years in the case at hand and the question are the intentions of the Ethiopian government as far as the development plans are concerned. An accelerated filling can only bring bloody conflicts. Ethiopia needs development plans such as the GERD; - YES AND IT IS A RIGHT, HOWEVER DOING IT AT THE EXPANSE OF THE SECURITY OF ITS NEIGHBORS IS A CRIME, SPECIALLY WHEN THEY WANT TO PRODUCE RAPIDELY TWICE AS MUCH ELECTRICITY THAN THEY NEED. They should be reasonable and cooperative with them and let nature take ITS COURSE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WEATHER. THIS SUMMER (2020) SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LESSON FOR ALL when more than usual rains came down with divesting floods in Sudan. Incidentally, I some REAL and HONEST statistics from the Ethiopian side as far as their actual WATER STORAGE. War in the area can only benefit only one entity in the region and that is the Zionist Settler Colony in Palestine which seems to be "in Bed" with Trump, Sissi and Abiy. Cooperation within the framework of the Organization of the African Unity is key. Governments will go; but the Ethiopian, Sudanese and Egyptians peoples are there to stay.

    wis4cb Bwis4cb B14 dager siden
  • And if the civilization of Egypt is no more how sure are we that our civilization will last without cooperation therefore we better learn from history in order to go forward

    Kizza KasuleKizza Kasule14 dager siden
  • "Now are there any dam questions ? " "Yeah, where can I get some damn bait ?"

    Seymour ButtsSeymour Butts14 dager siden
  • i wouldn't trust NO construction done in any african country.. those folks aren't that bright.

    ralph rodgersralph rodgers14 dager siden
  • Ocean? I though Med was a sea.

    Richard RomerisRichard Romeris15 dager siden
  • Ethiopinans Nile

    Robell YosiefRobell Yosief15 dager siden
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    Hydro FufuHydro Fufu15 dager siden
  • No mention of the environmental impact to non-human animals. They need to add family planning to the agenda otherwise the cycle of: population growth > famine> agricultural improvement> population growth > famine and so on, will end in devastating water wars, the complete desertification of the area and permanent loss of wildlife. All countries developed or not need to start talking about population. Improved medicine, lower infant mortality, longer life spans are all great but they come at a cost.

    crushedorchidscrushedorchids15 dager siden