Thu, 08 Apr 2021 - 03:45 GMT
A satellite image of GERD - Reuters
CAIRO – 8 April 2021: More signatures to a petition supporting Egypt’s right to the Nile River water on change.org have been coming in after Ethiopia’s rejection of all Egyptian and Sudanese proposals this week.
The petition was created by the Egyptian-American Council, and the Ministry of Immigration released a video in English in support of the petition, outlining some facts.
1 – For millions of years, the Nile has been flowing into Egypt, and for 40,000 years, Egyptians have lived alongside the river that gave them life and fertility.
2- Egyptians have been able to build a magnificent civilization on the banks of the mighty river.
3 – Egyptians are under the threat of drought and thirst, and 25% of Egyptians working in the agricultural field and facing great dangers because of the Grand Ethiopians Renaissance Dam.
4 – GERD is five times bigger than Ethiopia’s needs.
5 – GERD is planned to store 74 billion cubic meters of water, reducing Egypt’s share by 20 billion cubic meters.
The Nile is the lifeline for Egypt, an arid North African country that is already suffering from water poverty. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said on Thursday that he still insists on calling Ethiopians “brothers,” saying that the public opinion in Ethiopia is against letting the water flow into Egypt for free. He said but a divine gift, and if Egypt had been higher than Ethiopia, the Nile wouldn’t not have flown into the country. However, the region was designed that way so the Nile passes through Egypt.
Link to the petition https://www.change.org/p/the-federal-democratic-republic-of-ethiopia-egyptians-right-to-the-water-of-the-nile