In its November 2018 issue the world known magazine National Geographic published a good story on the destructive Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project which plans to flood the 12.000 town Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley.
The first TV channel in Germany ARD has published a good documentary on Hasankeyf. Its in German and can be watched at:
A dam nearing completion in southeast Turkey will soon displace residents of an ancient settlement, but many of them will be ineligible for relocation and have been given nowhere to go, reports Diego Cupolo.
Deutsche Welle (DW), 10.04.2018, link: http://www.dw.com/en/facing-eviction-merchants-decry-turkey-dam-project/a-43318344
Floods in the Tigris River have broken the small length dam in Hasankeyf which has been built by the Ilisu consortia for the relocation of monuments and other “destruction” works in Hasankeyf. what a nice day!!!
See News in Turkish: https://www.cnnturk.com/turkiye/dicle-nehri-hasankeyfte-setleri-yikti-is-makinelerini-yuttu
Work on clearing site for the controversial Ilisu dam on Tigris river threatens collapse of ancient monument famed for thousands of manmade caves.
The Hague, 29 June 2017 – The Board of Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, made a statement about the Ancient city of Hasankeyf and its surroundings in Turkey, listed among the 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2016, following a nomination by the Cultural Awareness Foundation. In their statement, the Board of Europa Nostra deeply deplores the decision of the Turkish government to build a dam that would lead to the flooding of a site of world significance, without proper and transparent justification and without adequate compensation measures. In particular, the Board regrets that the removal of the Zeynel Bay Tomb has been carried out with insufficient consultation with the local and scholarly communities and that other Islamic monuments of great significance remain highly endangered. The Board of Europa Nostra urges the Turkish authorities to adhere to the standards of heritage protection that are included in the European Conventions and to set up a proper consultation process with local communities and civil society organisations concerned in an open and transparent manner.
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The relocation of the historical Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf implemented on May 12, 2017, has been discussed in the Istanbul based “Acik Radio”. Program is in Turkish. Link: http://www.suhakki.org/2017/05/su-hakkinda-650-senelik-zeynel-bey-turbesinin-ilisu-baraji-icin-yerinden-edilmesini-konustuk/#.WRynk0ekKV5
New York Times, Set. 2016; ISTANBUL — For five generations, Firat Argun’s family has lived in Hasankeyf, an ancient town on the Tigris River in southeast Turkey where he runs a small bed-and-breakfast with a well-appointed garden.
“I have everything in my garden,” he said recently. “I have already found my heaven.”
But his little heaven will soon be lost.
That modernization will provide a remedy to all ills is a founding Turkish Republican idea that has proven to be also the most resilient one.
The HDP, questioning the government about ‘New Hasankeyf,’ said, “If one evaluates Hasankeyf as a historical treasure it is still impossible to understand the choice to eliminate with a destructive dam project nature and heritage.
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