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Future dam imperils ancient Turkish town

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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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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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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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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Sabahat Ozturk, a resident of Hasankeyf, stands at her house. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

Sabahat Ozturk, a resident of Hasankeyf, stands at her house. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

Sabahat Ozturk, a resident of Hasankeyf, stands at her house. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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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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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. REUTERS/Sertac...more

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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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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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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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

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. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Mehmet Emin Caliskan
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A girl stands overlooking Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

A girl stands overlooking Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

A girl stands overlooking Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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An aerial view of Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Mehmet Emin Caliskan

An aerial view of Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Mehmet Emin Caliskan

An aerial view of Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Mehmet Emin Caliskan
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An old cemetery is seen in Hasankeyf, with the new Hasankeyf in the background. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

An old cemetery is seen in Hasankeyf, with the new Hasankeyf in the background. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

An old cemetery is seen in Hasankeyf, with the new Hasankeyf in the background. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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A woman takes pictures as she visits Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

A woman takes pictures as she visits Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

A woman takes pictures as she visits Hasankeyf. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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A view of Hasankeyf by the Tigris River. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

A view of Hasankeyf by the Tigris River. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

A view of Hasankeyf by the Tigris River. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
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