Two weeks ago the Sudan Dams’ Crisis was presented and discussed in the 9th African Archaeological Research Days that took place in Southampton. See HERE for a review from a Nubiological perspective.
The interest was high, although in the last days the various google alerts on the Sudan Dams’ topic mainly concentrate on what is happening with (or mostly against…) the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile:
- Cross-border resource management of the Nile
- Egypt is prepared to bomb Ethiopian dams on the Blue Nile
- Ethiopians don’t want Egypt and Sudan to meddle in dam project
Sometimes also the news consist in praises of the achievements of the Sudanese government - lastly the completion of the heightening of the Roseires Dam, alleged to be the longest dam in the world with a length of 25 kilometres!
While occasionally news from the victory of some local people against plans of dams that are destructive for their natural and cultural landscape remind us of the hope that should never die that the Nubians too will win their struggle for survival…
Among the various news that appeared in the world wide web in the last days regarding the issue of dams, one particularly attracted our attention:
Leaving aside the extent to whether the structure indeed is a dam, it is alarming to see such crude generalizations being expressed by a university professor in order to excuse on the basis of their archaeological interpretations crucial issues of controversial development plans, like the dams in Turkey – or in Sudan or in Ethiopia or in Uganda or in Malaysia or elsewhere…