When you hear the name of Egypt , the picture of the Nile and the Pyramids is the first thing that may pump in to your head , anyone who is familiar with the geography of North Africa will know that Egypt is blessed with the Nile
In fact for centuries we were taught and learnt by heart that
Egypt is the gift of the Nile
as famous Greek Herodotus the historian described Egypt in his famous trip to the valley of the Nile
In fact the bless somehow increased despite the other consequence when the Aswan high Dam was built to protect Egypt from floods and from droughts that killed thousands of African people in the countries of the River Nile .According to our successive governments the dam provided and is providing water and electricity to all Egypt , each president from the three "not counting Mohamed Naguib" said that water and electricity had reached to every place in Egypt ,from biggest city to the smallest village and we believe them at least the water part
Already as far as I know Egypt considers the River Nile security is from its national security and it is enough to know that the Peace Maker Late president Mohamed Anwar El-Sadaat had threatened that any African country that would build any dam that would threat Egypt's share from the Nile Water to see the hell of the Egyptian Air forces
This threat was after Camp David , I thought it would be worth to mention , this policy is still active well of course not to extent to an air force strike but still powerful that some countries in the Nile Basin organization complained that Egypt taking more than its share , of course Egypt didn't care
why I am saying all this well , because when I tell you that I am shocked and angry to know that there are some people in my country , the country of the valley of the Nile are ready to enter jail in order to have a glass of water, you should be shocked too!!
Do not be surprised , this week Egyptians found out that there are other Egyptians who were suffering in the same valley of the Nile , not in the western desert for example , from lack not shortage of water
The story started with protests along the high way by people from different villages in different Governates in Egypt in Nile delta against the lack of water they are suffering from, the protests paralyzed the international high ways to the North coast for over 10 hours and as usual the government solved the problem its way ; It blamed those bloody bastards who are protesting for the simplest and most important need in life ,the need of water , the need of water in the middle of the very hot summer !!
The government this time went too far when it made the grand Mufti whom I don't respect for this to say that it is unacceptable to protest and delay other people's business !! Business what business , I am sorry this incident already did not reach to the media except when popular Singer Amr Diab missed some one million concert in the north Coast
I am not a socialist or communist or anything , but those who stood for 10 hours in the high way to the north coast were going to beaches and resorts which is considered luxury compared to the suffering of peasants who want to have a glass of water in the middle of July
It did not stop at the high way protest , in fact it began and opened the door for other thirsts in the valley of the Nile to demand the simplest need they must have
Complains from various areas even in Cairo began to reach to the media , of course the independent ,the complains were about shortage and lack of water for weeks
Yet all the complains and protests even the highway's did not reach to the level of anger and despair that the complains and protests of "El-Bashbesh" village reached to
The "Bashbesh" village follows "El-Mahalla El-Kubra" in
"Gharbia" Governorate in Nile Delta, the village pollution is 200,000
Their suffering started 4 months ago when the villagers woke up to find that the water supply was cut from their homes and their work , they mainly work in farming , on that day they received governmental promises and confirmation that the water would return on the same day , the problem it did n't return , instead the water was cut from the hospital , the fire fighting unit and the village council !!
The hours became days and days became months ,for four months the people in that village knocked all the possible doors they can knock and no cared for them
All that time they had one of the three alternatives :
- To walk for 8 KM to another village to buy water containers , 3 E.P per container
- To drink polluted water
- To use the wells and water pumps
Ironically the people in the village are still paying the water service bills !! This reminds with Adel Emam in his famous comedy "A witness that saw nothing"
I paid the telephone bill for fear they would take the phone , yet already I don't have a telephone or a line
For 4 months they have no single clean drop of water , their agriculture land now which geographically in the Nile Delta looks as if it were in Somalia
For 4 months now no one in the blessed government and party which are boosting day and night with their achievements in the country side cared for that poor village
There are 500 of the villagers who are suffering from Kidney failure due to the lack of clean water, I don't know where is the government or the civil organizations ??
The "El-Bashbesh" people are threatening to escalate their anger from protests to a general strike , of course the security forces are threatening them by Jail
The desperate people said that they are ready to go to jail as they will be able to drink a glass of clean water there !!
Can please anyone tells me why in the country of the Nile , in the valley of the Nile itself some village is suffering from the lack of water ??
and can please anyone tells me why the government is not listening to their complains ?? and till when they will suffer ?? I guess they will complete to suffer till the savior GM comes and says his magical words open the water , just like when he came and said that there would be no more debts for the poor farmers !!
I feel angry and sad , but you know these are from the signs that proceeds an end of an era, they are driving people themselves toward strike and revolution , one day it will be water ,another day it will be hunger
That fool regime is digging its own grave by its hands simply by turning a peaceful people that once described by "Amr Ibn El-A's" as they are owned by their rulers to angry rebellious people