Sudanese activist to discuss deadly attacks tied to dam project
March 21, 2007
"The Merowe Dam will have serious environmental impacts on the Nile Valley, the lifeline for Northern Sudan," said Peter Bosshard, Policy Director of International Rivers Network. "The project violates Sudan's Environmental Protection Act and all internationally accepted environmental standards. The Merowe Dam could not be built in most other countries, and is a test case for the commitment of leading hydropower companies to the minimal standards of environmental stewardship. The companies that are developing the project should suspend construction until the serious environmental impacts have been adequately addressed."
Photos of the potentially affected region in Sudan. Photos by David Haberlah.
To raise awareness on the project, the group has invited Ali Askouri, a Sudanese human rights activist who represents the communities affected by the dam, to speak about the impact of the dam. At 7pm Tuesday, March 27, 2007 Morgan Lounge in Morgan Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus, Askouri will talk about the struggle to stop the project, and the cooperation between a Sudanese grassroots movement and IRN.
"The Merowe Dam, now under construction on the Nile in Northern Sudan, is a huge and controversial project that promises intensified social unrest and misery for the tens of thousands it will forcibly displace," said Askouri in the fall 2004 issue of Forced Migration Review.
Under the resettlement plans, some of the river-dwelling people will be moved to desolate stretches of desert sites.
Major backing for the project comes from China's Export Import Bank and a consortium of Arab oil state banks.
Forced Displacement and the Merowe Dam:
The Other Human Rights Crisis in Sudan
7pm Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Morgan Lounge in Morgan Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus. (Morgan Hall is near the intersection of University Ave. and Oxford Ave. on the northwest corner of the UC Berkeley campus, between Mulford and Tolman Halls. Enter Morgan Lounge directly through the eastside of the building by the terrace.)