Egypt’s Nile monopoly is starving Ethiopia – The Washington Times

May 19th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Egypt continues its egregiously selfish actions as it refuses to allow the nations that are at the headwaters of the Nile to obtain their fair share of that river’s supply of precious water (“Cairo keeps water rights to Nile River,” Geopolitics, Thursday). (more…)

Egypt continues its egregiously selfish actions as it refuses to allow the nations that are at the headwaters of the Nile to obtain their fair share of that river’s supply of precious water (“Cairo keeps water rights to Nile River,” Geopolitics, Thursday).

The result is particularly severe in Ethiopia, where chronic lack of water for crops has placed nearly 60 percent of the population at the starvation level. Despite this, and based on an outmoded 1929 treaty between Egypt and England, Egypt has insisted on taking the majority of the Nile flow, satisfying 90 percent of its total water needs from this single source.

Ethiopia has little choice in the matter. The armies of both Egypt and Sudan enforce this unjust distribution, which gives Ethiopia only 5 percent of the Nile River supply.

This has been the pattern of an autocratic Egyptian government, which we subsidize to the extent of over $2 billion per year with nothing in return except votes against us in the United Nations and other world bodies, as well as continuing persecution of the Coptic Christian population.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring, Md.

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