Interview: Standing Up Against
A Massive Dam Project in Africa
The Gibe III dam project in Ethiopia — which, if completed, would be the world’s fourth-largest dam — was
Goldman Environmental Prize
moving steadily forward when it collided with a 31-year-old Kenyan woman named Ikal Angelei. Since learning of the project in 2008, she has galvanized local and international opposition to the dam, which would generate electricity for East Africa but also would threaten the way of life of hundreds of thousands of indigenous Ethiopians and Kenyans who rely on the waters of Lake Turkana, the world’s largest permanent desert lake. In an interview with Yale Environment 360
, Angelei, who recently received a 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize, describes why the Gibe III project threatens the very survival of the region’s indigenous tribes, what it will take it to stop it, and how she has used public pressure and social media in her campaign to stop the dam. “If we let go and say, ‘Build the dam,’ it means we are saying that... governments can destroy ecosystems in the name of development,” says Angelei. Read the interview
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