Published on 15th July 2016 by

Sinking History (2010): An ancient village in Hasankeyf, Southeast Turkey, is in danger of being submerged under 30 metres of water due to a new dam, leaving five thousand people homeless and destitute.

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In 1954, the IIisu Dam Project entered the lives of the Hasankeyf community. Once completed, the dam will submerge the village and the entire valley. Most of the inhabitants work as traders, civil servants and farmers that rely on the land. “Tourism could be a great resource for Hasankeyf”, but no one will invest in a village that could be under water in a few years time. Hasankeyf lives with the threat of flooding in “suspended time”.

Gianluca Gibilaro – Ref. 4899

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