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The Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide was held on Friday (April 11) in Addis Ababa with the theme: “Remember, Unite, and Renew”. The aim of the ceremony was a memorial to the nearly one million people who lost their lives in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and applaud the commendable efforts of the people of Rwanda in their march towards a new, unified and prosperous country. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Dr. Dlamini Zuma, AU Commissioner, ambassadors from various countries residing in Addis Ababa, representatives of international organizations and non-governmental organizations, Rwandan Community living in Ethiopia and other participants from different countries.

International River Network (IRN): GERD Panel of Experts Report: Big Questions Remain”

Response by GERD National Panel of Experts

For so many years now the IRN, International River Network, this self-appointed “guardian” of all rivers of the world, has been leaving no stone unturned in its effort to subvert Ethiopia’s efforts to develop its water resources and lift its vast and growing population out of poverty.  This is manifested most glaringly in its incessant negative campaign against the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), initiated from the very first days when the idea of water resources development on the Abbay was floated, including even through the Nile Basin Initiative.

 Apart from being amused, the NPOE so far had chosen to ignore IRN’s anti-Ethiopia lobbying which is driven by an ideological, if not fanatical-messianic mission to “protect [the world’s] rivers and … to stop destructive dams”. IRN is accuser, police, judge and jury all rolled into one.  IRN determines for countries, particularly for developing and poor countries like Ethiopia, how to do water resources development projects the “right” way. For these “backward” countries, IRN is the high priest that communes with God the Almighty and determines what is the most environmentally appropriate, most efficient and economical, and most beneficial for local, national and regional not only flora and fauna but also human communities too.  What paternalism!!