Ilisu Dam

Hasankeyf, one of the world’s most ancient cities, stands under threat of becoming a modern day Atlantis if Turkey succeeds in building a massive hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river. An estimated 55,000 people, largely Kurdish, will be pushed out of their homes and relocated to prefabricated communities, or have no other choice but to migrate to cities, both scenarios offering little opportunity for remunerable employment. The dam could also reduce water flow to Iraq by 50%, where the Mosul dam provides energy to the national grid for the whole country, drinking water for 4 million people, irrigation water for agriculture, and also regulates flow to prevent mass flooding which previously destroyed crops and killed thousands of people. 

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