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GERD – The Ethiopian Imperial Dream that may Turn into an Illusion

Ethiopian GERD dam an illusion or a reality
“All our efforts to [finance the dam] have been unsuccessful, leaving us with only two options. Either to abandon the project or do whatever we must to raise the required funds. I have no doubt which of these difficult choices the Ethiopian people will make. No matter how poor we are, in the Ethiopian traditions of resolve, the Ethiopian people will pay any sacrifice. I have no doubt they will, with one voice, say: “Build the Dam!” – Meles Zenawi, April 2, 2011, Guba Benishangul Gumuz.
By Malick Sarr,

According to the free online Encyclopedia Wikipedia: “Defined broadly, a visionary is one who can envision the future. Extended, a vision can be political, religious, environmental, social, or technological in nature. By extension, a visionary can also be a person with a clear, distinctive, and specific (in some details) vision of the future, usually connected with advances in technology or social/political arrangements.”

President Isaias Afewerki, fondly referred to by many as the great visionary leader, really did use his visionary acumen when he tried to dissuade his Ethiopian counterpart Melles Zenawi from going ahead with the Imperialist Ethiopian Legacy dream of damming the Nile. Continue reading GERD – The Ethiopian Imperial Dream that may Turn into an Illusion