Ethiopia is a country with big ambitions, and they don’t come much bigger than the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Africa’s largest hydroelectric power project is two thirds finished and the dam can already control the flow of the Blue Nile, which is deeply upsetting downstream Egypt who they didn’t consult before building started. In the first part of the BBC News Virtual Reality documentary series “Damming The Nile” you’ll be taken on a journey from the sacred source of the Blue Nile, down waterfalls and through canyons to see this giant dam being built. You’ll travel on East Africa’s first metro train, go for a traditional Ethiopian lunch to hear why people are paying for this multi-billion dollar project, see the extent of Ethiopia’s growth and ambitions, and hear the government’s view on the political crisis the dam project has created. When finished, watch episode 2.
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam chief engineer Simegnew Bekele was shot dead in his car in Addis Ababa in July 2018. Ethiopian authorities are investigating his death
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