Fri. Aug 12th, 2022


Martin Plaut

The emerging myth of Emperor Haile Selassie and the GERD Nile dam

We have noticed that on the occasion of the launch of power generation at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a new narrative has been developed in Ethiopia, attributing the paternity of the dam to emperor Haile Selassie. An emblematic photo is displayed on blogs and in social media highlighting “Emperor Haile Selassie visiting the Nile dam project”.

Over the years, we researched historical documents regarding dam construction in Ethiopia. Our conclusion: it is indeed a professional photo, displaying the emperor with foreign experts, overlooking Lake Koka (not GERD). The photo was taken on the palace grounds, not in the field. It is unrelated to GERD or Blue Nile basin hydrological planning. 

2 thoughts on “The emerging myth of Emperor Haile Selassie and the GERD Nile dam”
  1. Haile selassie did try the GERD .The raw material for the building of the dam was sunk by Egypt while the ship was traveling to Assab.The initial design was made by american engineers at Emperoor Haile selassies request .shame on you mr P.

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