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Egypt has long held unrivaled “historic rights” over nearly all of the Nile River’s resources. But now all that could be changing as upstream states like Ethiopia and Burundi seize on Egypt’s post-revolution political uncertainty to finally wrest at least some control of the world’s longest river. The result could be mean dire food and water shortages for Egypt, and maybe another revolution.
Ethiopians hope to finally wrest some control of the Nile, and its life-giving water, from Egypt.
A dam planned by Ethiopia would end Egypt's historical dominance over the Nile, threatening the country's ability to feed its people.