Sudan launches major dam to boost agricultural production investment

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Sudanese officials also hope the heightened Roseiris dam will improve development in Blue Nile state, one of the poorest regions where the army is fighting rebels complaining of marginalization. The local economy has been hit hard by the violence which began in September 2011.

“The sons of Blue Nile state will be the first to benefit from the dam,” President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told the ceremony after he opened the dam’s gates.

Though the dam, near the state capital of Damazin, is far away from the border region to South Sudan, where fighting is concentrated, authorities took no chances with security.

Hundreds of soldiers lined the streets from the dam to the airport where the government had flown in hundreds of diplomats, journalists, officials and executives to showcase the project.

Military helicopters also circled over the dam during the ceremony.

Authorities relocated 22,000 people to make way for the dam, replacing their old villages with new settlements, according to the government.

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