The Turkish government aims to destroy the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf and the entire Tigris Valley through the Ilisu Dam project, which only has an economic lifespan of 50 years. We would like to borrow the sentence of a Roman poet “De te fabula narratur” (What is told is your story) and transform it into “What is set to be destroyed is your history”. A site where you can find the footprints of many people of this world is threatened with extinction. The cry rising from Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley is growing daily.
Save 12,000 years old Hasankeyf!
Artists of the Paris based group ‘Compagnie bien à vous Armanc Kerborani’ do an urgent call to the planned destruction of the 12.000 years old city of Hasankeyf at the Tigris River in the Kurdistan region of Turkey. Today at 2 pm the members of the group, which painted their bodies, gathered at the entrance of the UNESCO center in Paris. One of the member chained itself to the gates of the UNESCO building. They called the UNESCO to act for Hasankeyf which is magnificient and outstanding cultural and natural heritage of this world!
On the 28.09.2019 there will be organized a cultural event in Istanbul for Hasankeyf and Tigris River. It starts at 5 pm with theatre, exhibitions and stalls and continues at 7 pm with a concert. The singers of the concert will be Ali Doğan Gönültaş, Ayfer Düzdaş, Cem Erdost İleri, Defjen, Merih Aşkın, Metin Kahraman, Taylan Yıldız, Ümit Taşkıran and others. Location is Yoğurtçu Park, Kadıköy, Istanbul.
Below you can find new (dated on 23.09.2019) images from the Ilisu Dam site which shows the growing dam reservoir. Below you can find also new satellite images from the dam affected region. The destruction by the Ilisu Dam continues to grow what we never accept. It is still not too late for Hasankeyf and the Tigris River!
Press Statement, 16.09.2019
On 14th September 2019 many people from Turkey, Europe and other countries have joined the Global Action Day “Sing, play, paint or do something for Hasankeyf”. Once more they all stated “It is not too late for Hasankeyf” and stood with performances and actions for saving Hasankeyf and the Tigris River which are threatened by the controversial Ilisu Dam Project.
Here are selected images and videos from the action day:
Satellite images from 7.9.19 show that the Ilisu Dam Reservoir is growing. It affects already one third of the planned Tigris River stretch to be flooded. At least 20 villages have been flooded. If this continues the dam reservior will achieve soon Hasankeyf and will increase the ecological, social and cultural destruction. The struggle against this project of destruction, exploitation and hegemony continues. We call on everybody to join the Global Hasankeyf Action Day on 14th September!
Ilısu Dam body area
A comprehensive on the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project, one of the most controversial dam projects worldwide, has been published by the Hasankeyf Coordination (Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive is part of it) has been published in Turkish language.
Access to the report in pdf format: Ilisu_Rapor_2019-08
Om 2nd September 2019 a group of activists gathered at the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin in order to protest the ongoing destruction of nature and ecological life in all parts of the Republic of Turkey. Hasankeyf was mentioned besides the Ida mountains and the Munzur (Dersim) region.
Do not close Hasankeyf to public! Stop Ilisu Dam!
Once more we say “It is not too late for Hasankeyf” and call on to stand with actions for Hasankeyf and the Tigris River which are threatened by the Ilisu Dam Project. All people and organizations in favor of life, nature and culture are called to join the Global Action Day “Sing, play, paint or do something for Hasankeyf” on 14th September 2019. It is urgent to act with all our energy and creativity for this outstanding heritage and value; the Turkish government has started to fill the Ilisu Dam reservoir and it declared to close Hasankeyf for the public on 8th October 2019.