14 Dec '11, 5pm

The Forgotten Residents of Hasankeyf

The Forgotten Residents of Hasankeyf

© Jennifer Hattam The Tigris Valley river ecosystem near Hasankeyf. Flooding the historical town of Hasankeyf in Southeast Turkey would "provide significant contributions to the social, economic, and cultural development of the region," an expert report has concluded, striking a blow to the case against the controversial Ilısu Dam . Opponents of the dam say, however, that the report is biased and incomplete. Though they will have to be relocated as the waters of the dam submerge their homes, residents of Hasankeyf will benefit from new employment opportunities, the expert report argued, adding that artifacts from some of the 550 archaeological sites and settlements in the area "can be moved to another location." Both claims, though, remain heavily debated -- and ignore the plight of inhabitants that can't be moved, or even protest the decision. No Environmental Impact Asse...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/forgotten-resi...

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