So it’s almost 2011, the date for the referendum on the south of Sudan , and as we see Darfur seemingly in an eerily, but uncertain, peaceful period, we need to look at the water situation in Sudan. Water will be a make or break issue for the peace process in Sudan and in deciding whether the Sudan will move forward in peace and prosperity or more poverty and war. It is a country that went through one of the most brutal civil wars in history. Millions were killed and displaced. Sudan is the country of Darfur. One of the driving forces behind the start of the last civil war between the south and the north was the Jonglei Canal. This is an idea that has been around for a very long time. It was to be a canal to bring the water through one of the largest wetlands in the world, The Sudd, more quickly to the north and to Egypt.
The core problem is the perceived unequal distribution of Nile water resource by upstream nations and the reluctance of downstream ones, Egypt and Sudan to concede concessions.
Whose water is it???? Need I mention Ethiopia?
To be continued.. I’m sleepy 🙂