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Turkey: Unhappy locals relocated as 12,000 y/o town set to be flooded by dam

1 19.11.2019 Инфо

W/S View of 'new' Hasankeyf, Batman province
M/S New houses built by Turkish Government
M/S Driving through new village
M/S Suleyman Agalday in front of his new house
M/S Suleyman Agalday climbs stairs to his terrace
M/S Suleyman Agalday looking at landscape from his terrace
SOT, Suleyman Agalday, Hasankeyf resident (Turkish): "I am absolutely not [happy], because I left everything there, my past, my elders, my childhood, my life, maybe my romances from my childhood and youth. Everything I have, I left behind there. This is just a new building,"
W/S Zeynel Bey Mausoleum
W/S Bulldozer at work in new village
SOT, Suleyman Agalday, Hasankeyf resident (Turkish): "My house is there afar beside the hills, in front of the historical Koc and Sultan Suleyman mosque. It was a spectacular location. For now, I go and visit everyday."
W/S Hasankeyf
M/S People sitting at cafe
W/S Hasankeyf
M/S Tractor working
M/S Ruins of old city
SOT, Suleyman Agalday, Hasankeyf resident (Turkish): "The transportation bridge built in the 1960s will be under water. If you pay attention there, you can see the inlay in front of the castle, around 100 metres high, that's how high the water will go, they [the Turkish government] will build an antique port there."
M/S New port construction site
M/S New port construction site
M/S Excavation site underneath old market
W/S Excavation site underneath old market
SOT, Suleyman Agalday, Hasankeyf resident (Turkish): "The area that you see there, all those houses will be underwater"
M/S Suleyman Agalday on top of ancient house
M/S Ruins of ancient house
C/U Ruins of ancient house
W/S Suleyman Agalday on panoramic spot looking at old and new Hasankeyf on other side of Tigris river
M/S Suleyman Agalday entering his old and now abandoned house in Hasankeyf
W/S Agalday showing house (Turkish): "Here we were using those as shelves for mattresses, my childhood passed here." *UPSOUND*
SOT, Suleyman Agalday, Hasankeyf resident (Turkish): "We were 10 siblings, we are all sleeping in this room."
SOT, Suleyman Agalday, Hasankeyf resident (Turkish): "Our mother was washing us here there was our kitchen, and I was born here, the midwife came, I was born here."
SOT, Suleyman Agalday, Hasankeyf resident (Turkish): "Nothing will give the joy of this [life here] after this, unfortunately."
C/U Water of Tigris River
W/S Tigris River and Hasankeyf
M/S Hasankeyf bridge
M/S Young people taking pictures of city
M/S Welcome sign on Hasankeyf bridge
SCRIPT
Unhappy locals are having to leave behind their homes in the 12,000-year-old town of Hasankeyf, in southeast Turkey, as the ancient settlement is set to disappear under the waters of the newly built Ilsiu Dam's reservoir in coming months.
Suleyman Agalday gave his perspective as a resident of one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the world, on Tuesday, from his new home in nearby 'new Hasankeyf,' where the Turkish authorities have relocated many of the town's residents.
"I am absolutely not [happy], because I left everything there, my past, my elders, my childhood, my life, maybe my romances from my childhood and youth. Everything I have, I left behind there. This is just a new building," Suleyman Agalday said.
Agalday added saying "The transportation bridge built in the 1960s will be under water. If you pay attention there, you see the fillings in front of the castle, up to 100 meters, that's how high the water will go, they will build an antique port there."
Residents are relocating from the ancient city to 'new Hasankeyf,' a housing project initiated by the Turkish government some 1.5 km (1 mile) away from the old settlement and over 70 metres (200 feet) higher in elevation.
The Ilisu Dam is a key part of Turkey's southeastern Anatolia Project, designed to improve its poorest and least developed region in the country. It is expected to generate 4.1 billion kilowatt-hour electricity per year, contributing TL2 billion (€316/$350 million) to the Turkish economy on an annual basis.
Hasankeyf is just one of almost 200 settlements in the area that will be flooded once the dam's reservoir is filled, necessitating the displacement of tens of thousands of inhabitants.