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Future dam imperils ancient Turkish town
Residents of Hasankeyf, a 12,000-year-old town on the Tigris river, scramble to uproot to government-built housing before waters rise for the Ilisu hydroelectric dam in the next few months.
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October 07, 2019
An old village near the ancient Hasankeyf fortress is seen in the southeastern town of Hasankeyf, Turkey,...
Hasankeyf, Turkey
An old village near the ancient Hasankeyf fortress, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu...
An old village near the ancient Hasankeyf fortress is seen in the southeastern town of Hasankeyf, Turkey, October 3, 2019. Around 3,000 residents of the town on the Tigris River are being forced to leave by an Oct. 8 deadline to make way for the Ilisu Dam, a project two decades in the making that will generate electricity for southeast Turkey.

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October 07, 2019
A boys stands in front of his house in Hasankeyf. Not all of Hasankeyf's residents will have moved out...
Hasankeyf, Turkey
A boys stands in front of his house in Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu...
A boys stands in front of his house in Hasankeyf. Not all of Hasankeyf's residents will have moved out by Tuesday's deadline and authorities will need to extend it, residents and activists say, further delaying the project that has faced numerous setbacks since it was launched more than 20 years ago.

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October 07, 2019
A view of old Hasankeyf, with the new Hasankeyf in the background. In July, Turkey finally started to...
Hasankeyf, Turkey
View of Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, with the new Hasankeyf in...
A view of old Hasankeyf, with the new Hasankeyf in the background. In July, Turkey finally started to fill the dam further downstream on the Tigris where villages have already been vacated and are now partially submerged. Water is expected to start rising in Hasankeyf, located in the southeastern province of Batman, in the next few months.

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October 07, 2019
Cemil Yavanas, a resident of Hasankeyf, carries old furniture from his house before moving to new Hasankeyf....
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Cemil Yavanas, a resident of Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, carries...
Cemil Yavanas, a resident of Hasankeyf, carries old furniture from his house before moving to new Hasankeyf. The Ilisu Dam, expected to be operational for 50 years, will generate 1,200 megawatts of electricity, making it Turkey's fourth-largest dam in terms of energy production. But it has been criticized by activists who say the dam, once completely filled, will have displaced 78,000 people from 199 surrounding villages and risks creating water shortages downstream in Iraq.

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October 07, 2019
An old cemetery is seen in Hasankeyf. Hasankeyf was used by the Romans as a fortress town to ward off...
Hasankeyf, Turkey
An old cemetery is seen in Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, by the...
An old cemetery is seen in Hasankeyf. Hasankeyf was used by the Romans as a fortress town to ward off Persians. The town was later destroyed by Mongols and rebuilt in the 11th century by Seljuk Turks.

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October 07, 2019
Yeni Hasankeyf, or New Hasankeyf, across the river from the old town features a hospital, an elementary...
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A view of new Hasankeyf near old Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, is...
Yeni Hasankeyf, or New Hasankeyf, across the river from the old town features a hospital, an elementary school and government buildings are already up and running. Parks and playgrounds for children have also been built and trees planted.

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October 07, 2019
Sabahat Ozturk, a resident of Hasankeyf, stands at her house. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
Hasankeyf, Turkey
Sabahat Ozturk, a resident of Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, stands...
Sabahat Ozturk, a resident of Hasankeyf, stands at her house. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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October 07, 2019
Tourists visit Hasankeyf. In a bid to attract tourists to the area, eight historic structures, including...
Hasankeyf, Turkey
Tourists visit Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, in the background in...
Tourists visit Hasankeyf. In a bid to attract tourists to the area, eight historic structures, including a massive tomb, an ancient Turkish bath, a historic mosque and its minaret, have been moved from the old town to Yeni Hasankeyf.

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October 07, 2019
The ancient Hasankeyf fortress dates back to the 4th century BC. Archaeologists are working on a digging...
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Archeologists work in Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, in southeastern...
The ancient Hasankeyf fortress dates back to the 4th century BC. Archaeologists are working on a digging site, while above lie caves where people used to live.

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October 07, 2019
Further down the Tigris River the village of Celikkoy, located 9.3 miles (15 km) north of the dam in...
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A general view of Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, near the southeastern...
Further down the Tigris River the village of Celikkoy, located 9.3 miles (15 km) north of the dam in the southeastern province of Mardin, is almost fully submerged by the rising waters. The government started filling the dam in July without notifying anyone in advance, said Mehmet Selim Acar, 65, who has remained in Celikkoy, moving into a dilapidated former gendarmerie command post without electricity on a hill above the village.

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October 07, 2019
A girl stands overlooking Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
Hasankeyf, Turkey
A girl stands overlooking Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, in southeastern...
A girl stands overlooking Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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October 07, 2019
An aerial view of Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Mehmet Emin Caliskan
Hasankeyf, Turkey
An aerial view of Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, in the southeastern...
An aerial view of Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Mehmet Emin Caliskan
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October 07, 2019
An old cemetery is seen in Hasankeyf, with the new Hasankeyf in the background. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
Hasankeyf, Turkey
An old cemetery is seen in Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, with the...
An old cemetery is seen in Hasankeyf, with the new Hasankeyf in the background. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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October 07, 2019
A woman takes pictures as she visits Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
Hasankeyf, Turkey
A woman takes pitures as she visits Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam,...
A woman takes pictures as she visits Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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October 07, 2019
A view of Hasankeyf by the Tigris River. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
Hasankeyf, Turkey
A view of Hasankeyf, which will be significantly submerged by the Ilisu Dam, by the Tigris river in the...
A view of Hasankeyf by the Tigris River. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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