The Foreign Desk

Explainer 189: Why are Ethiopia and Egypt fighting about water?

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30 October 2019

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Just weeks after winning the Nobel Peace prize for his outreach to Eritrea, Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed warned Egypt that “no force” can stop Ethiopia from building a dam that had been planned for years. Andrew Mueller asks if this is really the rhetoric of a Nobel Peace laureate and why this dam across the River Nile warrants such sabre rattling.

30 October 2019

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