Friday, September 13, 2019

"Turkey prepares to flood 12,000-year-old city to build dam"

Hasankeyf is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Earth, dating as far back as 12,000 years and containing thousands of caves, churches and tombs.

But this jewel of human history will soon be lost; most of the settlement is about to be flooded as part of the highly controversial Ilisu dam project.

Construction work on the dam and its hydroelectric power plant started in 2006 and Hasankeyf is now just weeks away from destruction


Campaigners warn that close to 80,000 people will be displaced.
*Previously: The “drowned lands of the Wallkill,” New York