* Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam began construction in 2011 and is due to begin filling with water this month
* 500ft-high, 6,000ft-wide, £3billion construction project spans the Blue Nile, the Egyptian Nile’s main source
* Egypt bitterly opposes the project, which it calls an ‘existential threat’ and has hinted it could go to war over it
* Satellite images now appear to show lake behind the dam filling up, threatening to spark a war in east Africa
Rising 500ft out of the grasslands of eastern Ethiopia and spanning 6,000ft across the Blue Nile river, is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – Africa’s largest hydroelectric plant, which is pushing the region close to war.
It is a £3billion bet upon which Ethiopia has banked all its hopes for the future, but which could spell catastrophe for its downstream neighbour, Egypt, which relies on the river for 90 per cent of its fresh water.
Having strong-armed citizens, business and banks into investing in the project – which has also been supported by China – Ethiopia needs results.
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