Sharing benefits is no substitute for sharing water

Watching the news coverage of the drought on BBC, e.g. Ethiopia, leads me to believe that the trials to substitute sharing waters to sharing ‘benefits’ in the Nile Basin are likely to fail. Who of the upper riparian countries leaders would accept any ‘benefits’ in exchange of lives of not only live-stock, but also human lives?

Egypt must share the hardships that the upper riparian countries face when drought strikes. Egypt (or Sudan for that matter) cannot ask for a rigid quota of water regardless. I believe it will also help matters if the upper riparian countries would come up with percentage shares of water for all Nile countries.


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