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China's backing for Ethiopia dam riles activists

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05/31/11

  11:46:15 pm, by admin, 116 words  
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China's backing for Ethiopia dam riles activists

China's backing for Ethiopia dam riles activists

It's a story that truly spans the globe: Activists from all over the world, including San Francisco, are trying to stop the construction of a dam in Ethiopia financed by a Chinese bank.

The Gibe 3 Dam is in the early phases of construction on Ethiopia's powerful Omo River, using $500 million dollars in equipment funded by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). The hydroelectric dam, one of the largest construction projects in Ethiopia's history, would regulate the flow of water along the Omo River as it courses through Ethiopia and into Kenya's massive Lake Turkhana -- a freshwater oasis in the heart of the desert.

Read more: CBS News

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Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

This is just Hydroelectric dam not a nucualar power there is no reason to oppose is it first of all.
Let’s all poor Ethiopian have an electric light.

06/01/11 @ 00:18
Comment from: Teshagher [Visitor]
Teshagher

Oh yeah?
Ethiopia needs food first. You can not be begging for food at the same time while you are begging for funds to build several dams, hydro or not. It don’t make no sense.

06/01/11 @ 00:41
Comment from: C'moi senait [Visitor]
C'moi senait

I told you folk. They, the so called enviromentalist (afagots,les65bian org) charities and Ngo, all wants us to live in dark and begger life. They want ethiopia to be as a starving nation on earth. They want us to live as a begger nation.
They do not want to see any develpment in ehiopia at all.
They are ther to make sure we stay on beggerisem so that they can collect their annual incomes from their western govt.
Throw out these parasites og. Out of ethiopi soil for good.
Ethiopia will be better without them,
It is also a work of shabia agents and some crack-heads opposition who went all the way to china to protest .
These are not ethiopia but a shermuuta lijoooche. Who sleep with shabia of the north. They are now trying to get support from egyptian govt. to stop tha abay dam too. Any development in ethiopia is a cancer to shabians and wester charities, ngo and now these enviromentalist.

06/01/11 @ 01:09
Comment from: Neftegnaw [Visitor]
Neftegnaw

Teshagher

Think about food only. That’s why we always argue that you have somewhere a donkey DNA. Now we know exactly where! On your brain.

06/01/11 @ 01:47
Comment from: liku [Visitor]  
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liku

Mikegna atasatagn yilal habesha.Literally meaning -a jealous neighbour is a motive for hard work-.Let them cry and we go on building.

Ethiopia Lezelealem Tinur!

06/01/11 @ 01:52
Comment from: Ye Chaltu Lij [Visitor]
Ye Chaltu Lij

C’moi senait,
will you marry me?

Teshagher,
Anta Dingay Eras Shabia. Shooo…Shooo…go away. Chigaram Ye Eritrea sidtegna.

06/01/11 @ 02:26
Comment from: kaddis [Visitor]
kaddis

Greate news - Go China!!!

06/01/11 @ 03:05
Comment from: sosi [Visitor]
sosi

Teshager

U short sighted person!
don’tu think that Dam is a main source of a bread!

please go to school and learn!
don’t spill your ignorance here!

06/01/11 @ 05:57
Comment from: Abu Anja [Visitor]
Abu Anja

RE: c’moi senait
i have followed your comments for a long time and as far as i can see it
you are 110% bipolar.seriously you need help!!!!!!

06/01/11 @ 06:54
Comment from: Taye [Visitor]
Taye

Teshagher,

So in your mind, we should remain beggars forever? What a bonehead! I doubt if you are Ethiopian, though.

06/01/11 @ 07:40
Comment from: david [Visitor]
david

Dear Teshager,

I don’t think you get it!!! Are you saying only because Ethiopia needs food, we can not build dams? Actually, if we build more dams, more hydroelectric power will be available for bigger domestic factories and we will be less dependent on food aid..we will also be exporting more hydro electric power which means more cash to expand our farming sector.
Go for it.
God bless the United States of Ethiopia!!!

06/01/11 @ 08:50
Comment from: YHD [Visitor]
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YHD

Since time immemorial, people have been building dams to store and manage water resources. There are more than 75,000 dams in the United States alone. In many cases building dams has many advantages than disadvantages. Ethiopia has all the rights to utilize its own resources responsibly, properly and effectively to the best advantages of its people. No one has the slightest moral or ethical authority to question the wisdom of building a dam, let alone to try to block or deny funds, knowing that the construction of the dam will definetely help to reduce the impact of the recurrent drought and flood our country suffers from. For the 80 million Ethiopians the construction of the dam has a novel cause. We are not building a nuclear reactor; for Gods sake, we are constructing a dam to produce energy and to manage the water resource so that we will be able to support the ever-growing survival needs for millions of Ethiopians.
To be fair and reasonable, the proper and meaningful roll for environmentalists, in this case, should have been to solicit and advocate for ways to ensure that their basic concerns regarding any negative impacts as a result of the dam be minimized or eliminated by the initial planning and incorporation of the appropriate mitigation measures into the design, construction and operation of the project to make the dam environmentally responsible and socially acceptable both for upstream and downstream inhabitants, and the surrounding natural ecosystem.


06/01/11 @ 09:04
Comment from: yohannes [Visitor]  
yohannes

teshager
u are realy hopless, u have to be happy of the ethiopian Dam.
I am eritrean but I will support the Dam

06/01/11 @ 09:44
Comment from: kul [Visitor]
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kul

@Teshagher

It is clear why it doesn’t make sense to you. It is because you seem to have a strong hatred to Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Back-off hater!!

06/01/11 @ 10:01
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
Kena Keb

When Ethiopia is tryng to rid itself from dependency on the so-called developed world by,among other things, constructing a hydroelectric power(not nuclear power), a concerted noise is being echoed to stop a project that Ethiopia believes is best for her people. The reasons behind this rally is obviously the envy that it is being financed by China. Ethiopia has chosen not to live in darkness and underdeveloped for ever. The harm that the construction of the dam would incur as portrayed by these “activists” is based on other motivations than what is claimed.

Ethiopia shall prosper!!

06/01/11 @ 10:11

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