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Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river’s strength
They worry the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam upstream could weaken the Blue Nile's force, putting at risk an industry that locals say provided bricks for some of Khartoum's first modern public buildings around a century ago.

Pottery makers, farmers and fishermen around the Nile's convergence share similar concerns, though other residents displaced by flooding last summer see benefit in a dam that will regulate the powerful river's waters.
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July 09, 2020
Mohamed Ahmed al Ameen (L), 55, and Mustapha (R), 60, who are both brick makers, prepare bricks to be...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Mohamed Ahmed al Ameen (L), 55, and Mustapha (R), 60, who are both brick makers, prepare bricks to be fired in a kiln at an open-air factory on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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July 09, 2020
Mazeen, (R), 12, collects clay in an area known as the 'Potters Village' in Alqamayir, Omdurman, Sudan,...
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The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Mazeen, (R), 12, collects clay in an area known as the 'Potters Village' in Alqamayir, Omdurman, Sudan, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
A boy plays in the courtyard outside of his home, which is made of mud and bricks, in Omdurman, Sudan,...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
A boy plays in the courtyard outside of his home, which is made of mud and bricks, in Omdurman, Sudan, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Mussa Adam Bakr (R), 48, who farms a plot of land next to a mud brick factory, collects eggplants with...
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The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Mussa Adam Bakr (R), 48, who farms a plot of land next to a mud brick factory, collects eggplants with his workers on his field on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 14, 2020. "I came to Tuti in 1988 because the land here is the best for agriculture and close enough to supply markets, and it makes for a good income", said Bakr. "Through out the year the Tuti earth produces all sorts of vegetables like potatoes, onions and aubergines." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Zaki El-Dine, 24, a brick-maker, pours water from the Nile river onto a patch of mud to make bricks on...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Zaki El-Dine, 24, a brick-maker, pours water from the Nile river onto a patch of mud to make bricks on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
David Plantino, 35, a pottery maker from South Sudan, cools himself down with water from the Nile river,...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
David Plantino, 35, a pottery maker from South Sudan, cools himself down with water from the Nile river, next to a workshop in an area known as the 'Potters Village' in Alqamayir, Omdurman, Sudan, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
A brick maker from Ad-Damazin carries a mould of mud bricks to be dried at an open-air factory on Tuti...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
A brick maker from Ad-Damazin carries a mould of mud bricks to be dried at an open-air factory on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Mustapha, 60, a brick maker, piles up bricks after removing them from a kiln at an open-air factory on...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Mustapha, 60, a brick maker, piles up bricks after removing them from a kiln at an open-air factory on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 20, 2020. "I fear that we will not gain any advantage from the Dam that Ethiopia is building. I am not an expert but I think the amount of water as well as mud will decrease. We usually get the mud when the Nile overflows", said Mustapha. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
A farmer uses cows to plough a field on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra...
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The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
A farmer uses cows to plough a field on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Ibtissam, 46, whose husband Mutasim al-Jeiry is a pottery maker, carries a tray out of the kitchen at...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
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Ibtissam, 46, whose husband Mutasim al-Jeiry is a pottery maker, carries a tray out of the kitchen at their home in an area known as the 'Potters Village' in Alqamayir, Omdurman, Sudan, February 18, 2020. "Our life depends on the mud of the Nile, without it we will not eat", said Ibtissam. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Mutasim al-Jeiry, 50, a pottery maker, checks his mobile phone as he sits inside his workshop in an area...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
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Mutasim al-Jeiry, 50, a pottery maker, checks his mobile phone as he sits inside his workshop in an area known as the "Potters Village" in Alqamayir, Omdurman, Sudan, February 17, 2020. The dam "will stabilise the Nile and we will get less flooding", said al-Jeiry. "But on the other hand we will get less clay and less water. Farmers, brick and pottery makers will be seriously affected", he predicts. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
The wall of a house that was damaged when the Nile river overflowed in September 2019, stands in Wad...
WAD RAMLI, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
The wall of a house that was damaged when the Nile river overflowed in September 2019, stands in Wad Ramli, Sudan, February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Manal, who was displaced from her home when the Nile river overflowed in September 2019, sits inside...
WAD RAMLI, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Manal, who was displaced from her home when the Nile river overflowed in September 2019, sits inside her tent in Wad Ramli, Sudan, February 19, 2020. "With the damn that Ethiopia is building we may be less affected by the floods, which is good but we will also face a lack of water to irrigate our land," said Manal. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
A farmer sprinkles fertiliser onto crops at a field on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 12, 2020....
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
A farmer sprinkles fertiliser onto crops at a field on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Ahmed Mohamed, a mechanic and farmer, fixes a water pump machine near the banks of the Blue Nile River...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Ahmed Mohamed, a mechanic and farmer, fixes a water pump machine near the banks of the Blue Nile River on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Mohamed Ahmed al Ameen, 55, a brick maker, drinks a cup of tea as he sits on the edge of the Blue Nile...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Mohamed Ahmed al Ameen, 55, a brick maker, drinks a cup of tea as he sits on the edge of the Blue Nile near an open-air factory on Tuti Island, Khartoum, Sudan, February 14, 2020. "I consider the Nile to be something that I have never parted with, ever since I was born", Ameen said. "I eat from it, I farm with it. I also extract these bricks from it ? My whole source of income is from the Nile." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
David Plantino, 35, a pottery maker from South Sudan, kneads mud with his feet, that will be used to...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
David Plantino, 35, a pottery maker from South Sudan, kneads mud with his feet, that will be used to make pottery at a workshop in an area known as the 'Potters Village' in Alqamayir, Omdurman, Sudan February 16, 2020. "I have been a pottery maker for 7 years, I relied on the Nile river like most people around me here for water and the mud", Plantino said. "Both are the foundation for people who rely on pottery to make a living." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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July 09, 2020
David Plantino, 35, a pottery maker from South Sudan, listens to the radio as he rests at the pottery...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
David Plantino, 35, a pottery maker from South Sudan, listens to the radio as he rests at the pottery factory where he works, near the banks of the Nile River in Omdurman, Sudan, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
A pottery maker uses mud to mould a face at a pottery factory near the banks of the Nile River, in Alqamayir,...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
A pottery maker uses mud to mould a face at a pottery factory near the banks of the Nile River, in Alqamayir, Omdurman, Sudan, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
A group of people sail across the Nile river as they travel from Omdurman to Tuti Island on a taxi boat...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
A group of people sail across the Nile river as they travel from Omdurman to Tuti Island on a taxi boat in Khartoum, Sudan, February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
A bird flies over the convergence between the White Nile river and Blue Nile river in Khartoum, Sudan,...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
A bird flies over the convergence between the White Nile river and Blue Nile river in Khartoum, Sudan, February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Chairs are left facing the banks of the Blue Nile river in Khartoum, Sudan, February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Chairs are left facing the banks of the Blue Nile river in Khartoum, Sudan, February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
A high school student reads his lesson notes as he sits by a bank on the Nile river in Alqamayir, Omdurman,...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
A high school student reads his lesson notes as he sits by a bank on the Nile river in Alqamayir, Omdurman, Sudan, February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Fishermen wash their catch in the waters of the Nile river in Omdurman, Sudan, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Fishermen wash their catch in the waters of the Nile river in Omdurman, Sudan, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
A woman sits on a taxi boat as she travels across the convergence between the Blue Nile river and the...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
A woman sits on a taxi boat as she travels across the convergence between the Blue Nile river and the White Nile river in Khartoum, Sudan, February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Tourists sail across the convergence between the White Nile river and Blue Nile river in Khartoum, Sudan,...
Khartoum, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Tourists sail across the convergence between the White Nile river and Blue Nile river in Khartoum, Sudan, February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Tents that belong to people who were displaced from their homes when the Nile river overflowed in September...
WAD RAMLI, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Tents that belong to people who were displaced from their homes when the Nile river overflowed in September 2019, stand together in Wad Ramli, Sudan, February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
David Plantino, 35, a pottery maker from South Sudan, puts on shoes at his shelter where he sleeps during...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
David Plantino, 35, a pottery maker from South Sudan, puts on shoes at his shelter where he sleeps during the week, as he gets ready to go to work in Omdurman, Sudan, February 18, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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July 09, 2020
Peter Majak, a pottery maker from South Sudan, rests under a mosquito net inside a traditional pottery...
OMDURMAN, Sudan
The Wider Image: Fears at Nile's convergence in Sudan that new dam will sap river's strength
Peter Majak, a pottery maker from South Sudan, rests under a mosquito net inside a traditional pottery factory close to the banks of the Nile river, in Alqamayir, Omdurman, Sudan, February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah SEARCH "BENSEMRA NILE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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