China has been urged to withdraw the funding of the now controversial construction of Gibe III hydropower dam in Ethiopia.
Through a petition by a group calling itself the Friends of Lake Turkana (FoLT) to the Chinese ambassador to Kenya, it is argued that once the project is implemented, the 240-metre high dam will compromise “a very fragile and unique ecosystem” which is identified as a protected area.
According to FoLT chairperson, Ikal Ang’elei, the filling of the reservoir will block the south-western part of the Omo River, threatening the livelihood of more than 200,000 people living in the lower Omo valley.
Impacts of Climate Change Takes Toll on Their Livelihoods
By Shadrack Kavilu for Gáldu
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenya’s smallest Indigenous tribe that resides in the world’s largest desert lake is in the verge of extinction as climate change and human activities continues unabated on the tributaries that feed the lake.
The El Molo tribe, arguably the smallest tribe in Kenya that inhabits in the Southeastern shores of Lake Turkana is an endangered tribe as competition for the lakes resources intensifies.
With receding water levels, prolonged drought and waves of insecurity in this part of northeastern province, the El molo tribe that entirely depends on fishing is an endangered tribe as the lake waters continues to recede.
East Africa's looming 'eco-geno-cide' - set to impact one million people, is about to become a reality in Ethiopia, extending to Sudan and Kenya, if Gilgel Gibe III mega-dam - the second largest in Africa - continues along its destructive path.
From the very start, Ethiopia's Gibe III mega-dam (height of 240m, a 151 km reservoir, and a storage capacity of 11.75 billion m3), was marked by the sort of clumsy corruption and irregularities that could only be realised in the worst B Grade movies - think rotten actors, and terrible scripts, catering to unbelievable plots.