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March 08, 2021
Tayyibe Demirel, 64, who is refusing to sell her olive grove to coal mining companies, chats with a mining...
MUGLA, Turkey
The Wider Image: Turkish olive farmer battles to save her land from coal mine
Tayyibe Demirel, 64, who is refusing to sell her olive grove to coal mining companies, chats with a mining company official in her olive grove in Turgut village near southwestern town of Yatagan in Mugla province, Turkey, February 24, 2021. Demirel won a new court case against the expansion of an open-pit coal mine towards her village. She's a part of "No Coal Mugla", a local movement to stop coal expansion and battle pollution. Looking over the vast lands of open coal mines, dry and grey lands neighbouring her olive grove, what she calls a "pit of hell," Demirel says: "I am in love with the trees, the green. I am in love with the singing of the birds and nature. Three or four years ago, this demolished land was full of tulips, poppies and daisies. Which one is better, a hell pit or nature?" REUTERS/Umit Bektas SEARCH "UMIT COAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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