Water as a crisis factor

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BERG Eugène

by Eugène BERG

2015-11-26
 

Water is the mirror of the future, wrote Gaston Bachelard•1. In Africa as elsewhere, it has never been a purely commercial product, but has taken on symbolic and religious significance. Many states and regions in Africa bear the names of rivers (Senegal, Niger, Congo, Zambia, the province of Limpopo in South Africa) or of lakes (Chad, Togo, Malawi, Tanzania). When Africa was divided up, access to navigable waterways was an issue on a par with the importance of river transport in the control of various territories and their economic exploitation.

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