New Sahel Crisis Stresses Urgency For Transaqua Project
July 12, 2013 • 10:40AM

More than 11 million people are facing starvation in the Sahel region, due to drought and war, and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel says the money for food aid is not there. The Syria crisis has diverted resources and attention, and the estimated $1.7 billion needed to address the emergency in the Sahel is only 36% funded, Robert Piper said. A funded budget for Piper's UN agency would ensure a successful emergency operation similar to the one carried out in 2012, he said.

However, the new food crisis in the Sahel stresses again the need for a water-transfer project as a durable solution to the Sahel problem. Such a project exists: It is called Transaqua and consists in a 2400-km canal which transfers 70-100 billion cubic meters of water from the Congo basin to the Lake Chad. Lake Chad is today less than one-twentieth of what it used to be 50 years ago. Transaqua not only would refill Lake Chad, creating an agricultural development area as large as the Italian region of Lombardy, but it would also generate a large capacity of hydroelectric power and would form the kernel of a pan-African transportation infrastructure.

Last week, world public opinion was gripped by Pope Francis's trip to the Italian island of Lampedusa, target of thousands of African refugees who sail across the Mediterranean at great risk to their lives, many of whom die in the crossing. This migration is a direct consequence of the crisis in the Sahel region, and it has been worsened by the regime-change wars in North Africa.

In 2010, Lake Chad's bordering countries, meeting in N'djamena, Chad, agreed on the need to find a fundamental solution to the Sahel crisis and decided to implement a smaller version of water transfer, taking water from the Ubangi tributary of the Congo River. Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi participated in the meeting and offered financial support for the project.

The neo-colonialist wars in North Africa are part of a deliberate plan for genocide, as exposed by Lyndon LaRouche.

The conflict in Mali has uprooted thousands of people and is having a "tremendous" spill-over effect, Mr. Piper said. He noted that his first visit to the region since taking up his post felt like "a tour of the bottom of the human development index." "These extraordinarily vulnerable people are facing natural disasters with higher and higher frequency and greater and greater intensity. And each time, they're finding it harder to recover."

The fact that the UN special envoy for the Sahel region, Romano Prodi, although informed by competent sources about the Transaqua plan, not only has not supported it, but has done nothing in the last 12 months to prevent the crisis, makes him an accomplice to genocide.

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