Engineer Semegnew Bekele Devoted His Life to Ethiopia’s Ambitious Dam

August 5, 2018
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Project manager of what is expected to be Africa’s biggest dam found shot dead in his car at 53By Matina Stevis-Gridneff and Yohannes AnberbirAug. 3, 2018 10:47 a.m. ETDiminutive and agile, Semegnew Bekele usually wore a high-visibility vest and construction helmet while working on the banks of the Blue Nile on Ethiopia’s side of the border with Sudan, considered one of the world’s most inhospitable construction sites.

Most of his work as project manager of what is expected to be Africa’s biggest hydroelectric dam occurred at night, when the temperatures dropped below 100 degrees. The site teemed with thousands of workers.

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