Monday, March 12, 2012

Sudan cuts deal over Merowe dam protests

Sudan cuts deal over Merowe dam protests
Africa Review, March 12, 2012

By REEM ABBAS in Khartoum, posted Saturday, March 10 2012 at 18:03

Sudan has agreed to compensate protesting families displaced by the
Merowe Dam project.

At the signing, former River Nile state governor, Hassan Rizk,
representing the government, urged residents to embrace dialogue in
resolving disagreements with the government.

The reported agreement came as relief for the affected, ending more than
three months of protest.

According to the deal, the displaced Manasir people who live in the area
would be resettled to a place of their choice in three months.

They would also be supplied with power, while the government has further
promised to build roads linking them to other towns to facilitate their
economic activities.

To ensure all the pledges are fulfilled, a committee will be formed to
work closely with government officials.

The Manasir, a group from north Sudan have been demanding compensation
for displacement from what they claim to be their land after it was
earmarked for the construction of the Merowe Dam.

International Rivers, a global organisation that has been reporting on
the ecological and human cost of the Merowe Dam, estimates that at least
70,000 people were displaced as a result of the project.

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