The Wider Image: Turkish olive farmer battles to save her land from coal mine
Deniz Gumusel, senior consultant on environmental policy and management, chats with Aytac Yakar, a 53-year-old villager from abandoned Isikdere neighbourhood of Ikizkoy village, near southwestern town of Milas in Mugla province, Turkey, February 25, 2021. Gumusel said three coal power plants in the region caused the death of 45,000 people in the more than 40 years since the first plant came online, mostly due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. "This is like war, against people and against forests and ecosystems," she said. But the determination of villagers and some women means there is still room for optimism, she insisted. "Women are carrying out an incredible fight against this unjust coal business. They were very successful in stopping or slowing down the progression of the mines." REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "UMIT COAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.