This Sunday the first turbine of the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile has been turned on, with the strong opposition of Egypt and Sudan.
“Lift the country out of poverty”
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahemed has assured that they do not intend to harm anyone, but rather to lift their country out of poverty.
He has also defended that the filling of the dam has shown that it does not affect the flow of the river, as both neighbors fear.
The activated turbine is one of eleven in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam or GERD.
Shortly after, the Egyptian government condemned this new step in a statement. “One more violation”, according to the text, of the commitment signed by Addis Ababa in 2015″. In that agreement it was agreed that, in addition to not disrupting the flow of the river, the installation should not harm the economy and food security of any of the three nations.
Egypt and Sudan accuse Ethiopia of having unilaterally filled the dam without agreeing on a mechanism to prevent damage.
This is the largest hydroelectric project in Africa and one of the most prominent of its kind in the world.