NILE RIVER UNDER THREAT FROM POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE


22/03/2020




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- For some time, early morning volunteers in Cairo, Egypt's capital, have been trying to clear the Nile River, which has faced numerous threats.

The Nile River, considered Egypt's lifeblood since the time of the Pharaohs, faces threats of pollution and climate change.

Not only are these threats not enough, but also the threat of a huge dam being built in neighboring Ethiopia towards the flow of water.

About 300 environmental activists are resolutely trying their best to save the River Nile. Volunteers say they have collected 37 tons of cans, plastic bottles, bags and different types of rubbish from the Nile River and its banks over the past 3 years.

Mustafa Habib, 29, co-founder of the environmental organization Very Nile, said: "people should understand the importance of the River Nile, if not more important than the pyramids. Future generations after US will depend on it."

Mustafa Habib's concern reflects the fears that millions of people around the world share about the rivers that have overloaded and polluted from the Mekong to the Mississippi. March 22 is a topic that should be noted on World Water Day.

Few waterways, however, are forced beyond the 6,600 km of Nile. The Zira Basin spans 11 countries. These countries are Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.


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