Prof. Manu Ampim

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Prof. Manu Ampim

TITLE:  Professor of History and Africana Studies
Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California
SPECIALTY AREA:  Historian and primary researcher specializing in Africana Studies.

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT 2:  The Problem of Large Dams in Sudan & Ethiopia

Sat., 10/02/21 • 3:30pm est • Session A 

It is well-documented that large dam projects are detrimental to the indigenous groups in countries around the world. The World Commission on Dams indicated in its November 2000 report that no dam should be built without “the demonstrable acceptance” of the local affected people. However, there are a series of dams in Sudan along the Nile River that threaten to permanently flood the remaining evidence of Ancient Kush. The completion of these dams will continue flooding the Nubian lands, displace the indigenous Nubian people, and destroy the evidence of their ancient civilization.

Ethiopia is building more hydroelectric dams than any country in Africa. The Gilgel Gibe III Dam, completed in 2016, hasstopped important annual floods of the Omo River and caused considerable destruction to the livelihoods of the unique Omo Valley groups, which are now struggling for cultural survival.

Prof. Manu Ampim Bio

Prof. Manu Ampim

Biography

Prof. Manu Ampim is a professor of History and Africana Studies at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. He is co-founder of the Save Nubia Project (SNP) and the President of the conference sponsor, Kushite Nubian Collaborative. Since 1989, he has conducted extensive primary research on the origins and influence of the classical African civilizations of ancient Kush, Nubia, and Kemet (Egypt) in nearly two dozen countries. His annual field research continues in the entire East African region. Prof. Ampim’s latest book is  A History of African Civilizations (2019).

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