The people of villages affected by the construction of Merowe Dam in northern Sudan have called for a conference to discuss the failure to recover their legitimate rights.
An activist told Radio Dabanga that the call for the conference, to be held in the area of Amri, “comes after several protests and the submission of numerous memorandums, which proved to be ineffective.
“None of the agreements regarding the affected people have been implemented,” he stressed. “The people are very angry and frustrated, as all their attempts to obtain their legitimate rights, already before the official launch of the dam in 2010, have failed.”
In 2007, the authorities moved thousands of people from the area of the dam to newly constructed villages in Amri, Rive Nile state. They constitute 28 percent of the total population affected by the building of the Merowe Dam.
The displaced villagers complain about the lack of services, and the failure of the agricultural projects in the area of Amri.