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Re: SAVE HASANKEYF GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION 14 SEPTEMBER

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:58 pm

The Kurds who died of apathy

During the last 100 years Kurds have suffered many horrendous massacres. The worst being the attacks on Halabja, Dersim and Sinjar, during which countless thousands of innocent Kurds/Yazidi were barbarically slaughtered

Throughout Kurdistan, many political leaders have been imprisoned and/or executed. The most important of which was Qazi Muhammed

Kurdistan covers an enormous area incorporating:

    Eastern Kurdistan
    Northern Kurdista
    Southern Kurdistan
    Western Kurdistan
Throughout the past 100 years, whatever the horror inflicted upon them:

    Kurds FAILED to rise up and UNITE
Every single day, throughout Kurdistan, Kurds face battles for survival

Every single day, throughout Kurdistan, Kurds hold assorted protests

NOT ONCE have Kurds UNITED in their protests

NOW is the time for MILLIONS of Kurds to UNITE as ONE and

    SAVE HASANKEYF

Currently, throughout the world, there are 10 official wars and 8 active military conflicts recognized by the United States.

There are also other violent conflicts involving 64 countries and 576 militias and separatist groups.

The general public is NOT interested in minor conflicts. We read about them in the media on a daily bases.

Following a Marxism ideology when the entire world has turned from communism has NOT helped the Kurdish cause

Nor has the PKK's affiliation with violent extreme left-wing organisations

As the entire world becomes more and more interested in ecology and the environment, there is an opportunity for Kurds to obtain immense publicity for their plight, while finally doing something really worthwhile for Kurdistan and future generations of Kurds

Were MILLIONS of Kurds to UNITE and save Hasankeyf, they would also draw attention to the treatment Kurds have received since the division of their traditional lands

If Kurds fail to UNITE and prevent the destruction of Hasankeyf (the most ancient and important part of Kurdistan) they will have failed their MOST IMPORTANT task they will ever face

If Kurds fail to UNITE and save Hasankeyf, then there really is NO FUTURE for them
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:49 pm

As previously stated:

Kurdistan covers an enormous area:

    In Eastern Kurdistan
      Kurds call their country Kurdistan
    In Northern Kurdistan
      Kurds call their country Turkey
      (because they have NO pride)
    In Southern Kurdistan
      Kurds call their country Kurdistan
    In Western Kurdistan
      Name Kurdistan has been removed
      (once proud Kurds have been shamed)
If a mere 10% of Kurds stood up for Hasankeyf, they would win and Hasankeyf would be safe for future generations of Kurds

Also, Kurds would gain INTERNATIONAL support, the likes of which NO OTHER protest or cause will ever afford them

Hasankeyf is in KURDISTAN

ALL Kurds, everywhere should UNITE to

SAVE HASANKEYF
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Re: SAVE HASANKEYF GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION 14 SEPTEMBER

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:20 am

The lovely Estella (a non-Kurd), the driving force behind the Peace In Kurdistan Campaign, has worked tirelessly for well over 20 years, in an effort to gain more rights for Kurds. During which time she has done much more to support Kurds than than the average 10 THOUSAND or more Kurds put together

Since it was launched in October 1994, the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign has established itself as a vital and tireless campaigning organisation dedicated to advancing the rights of the Kurdish people and achieving a political resolution of the Kurdish question.

It has won the support of politicians, academics, lawyers, journalists and writers including distinguished figures with international reputations such as Prof Noam Chomsky, John Berger, Lady Antonia Fraser, Michael Holroyd, Margaret Drabble, Edward Bond, Edward Albee, Gareth Peirce, Michael Mansfield QC and the late Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter.

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign played a crucial role in the success of the Ilisu Dam Campaign (1998-2005). It was through their initiative in cooperation with the Kurdish community in UK, that awareness of the alarmingly destructive potential of the dam was first raised. I was a minor part of the campaign that managed to prevent Belfour Beatty building the dam at Hasankeyf

We have known for many years that the building of the dam project at Hasankeyf was restarting. Many of us in the UK have tried to make Kurds and others aware of the new initiative

I, have been issuing warning on this site for 6 YEARS but all too no avail.

Sadly Kurds living inside Turkish borders are more interested in watching Turkish TV than they are in saving their land

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Re: SAVE HASANKEYF GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION 14 SEPTEMBER

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:04 am

I am disgusted Kurds allow the destruction of:

    12,000 year old Hasankeyf

    100s of unexplored caves

    Countless undiscovered artefacts

    Miles of river valley

    Hundreds of small villages

    Unique flora and fauna
Only to replace it with a dam that's
active lifespan is a mere 50-60 years
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Re: SAVE HASANKEYF GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION 14 SEPTEMBER

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:40 pm

I repeat

Worldwide, at this moment in time there are:

    10 official wars

    8 active military conflicts

    64 countries involved in violent conflicts

    576 militias and separatist groups
Mistakes made by Turkey's Kurds

    They follow a Marxist ideology

    Leaders want to unite with Turks

    They do NOT work towards an Independent Kurdistan

    They are TRAITORS to all Kurds who died fighting for independence
    (including some of my friends who gave their lives for freedom)

    They work with violent left wing and communist groups
How to increase support for Kurdistan:

    Kurds need a strong, easily recognisable identity

      One People

      One Flag

      One Kurdistan
    Any division of above weakens Kurds
Opportunity for worldwide recognition:

    ALL Kurds should UNITE to save Hasankeyf

    Hasankeyf is an environmental issue

    Environmental issues gain support

      Violent conflicts do not
    Saving Hasankeyf would raise awareness of Kurdistan
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Re: SAVE HASANKEYF GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION 14 SEPTEMBER

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:40 pm

Turkey Is Flooding a 12,000-Year-Old City

Hasankeyf and about 300 other settlements will be inundated as part of a dam project

The ancient Silk Road trading post of Hasankeyf, which sits on the banks of Tigris River in southeast Turkey, will soon be flooded by the Ilisu Dam.

Construction crews are destroying ancient limestone cliffs around Hasankeyf that are dotted with neolithic caves in preparation for submerging within a matter of weeks.

The ancient city of Hasankeyf, which sits on the banks of the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey, is believed to be one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlements, with a human history stretching back some 12,000 years.

Neolithic peoples carved caves into cliff sides, and Hasankeyf’s modern inhabitants continue to live in those dwellings today. Romans, Byzantines, Mongols and Arabs have all left their mark on the city. But within the next few weeks, this precious historic site could disappear forever, submerged under water as part of a controversial dam project.

Plans for the Ilusi dam have been in the works for decades—as have bitter efforts to put a stop to it. According to Pinar Sevinclidir of CBS News, the project was first devised in the 1950s, but due to legal battles, only broke ground in 2006.

The dam, is slated to irrigate the surrounding area and fuel a power plant, which will in turn generate 4,200 gigawatts of electricity for Turkey each year for 50-60 years.

Late last month, reports Rob Picheta of CNN, the governor of the region announced that Hasankeyf will be cordoned off on October 8, signalling that officials are intending to move forward with their plan to flood the ancient city. Proponents maintain that the dam will foster local development and create jobs. But horrified opponents say that project comes at an intolerable cost.

Among Hasankeyf’s treasures are a 13th-century palace of the Artuqid dynasty, a 15th-century mosque and the ruins of a Byzantine citadel. Eight monuments—among them half of a Roman city gate and the hulking Zeynel Bey Mausoleum—have been relocated to safer ground at a plain some two miles away from Hasankeyf. But the rest of the city, with all its rich history, will be inundated. Only the citadel will peek up from above the water.

“It’s not just our story [that will be lost],” Ridvan Ayhan, a member of the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, tells Tessa Fox of the Guardian. “It’s also your story, because it’s the human story.”

Among other measures, activists have tried to obtain UNESCO heritage status for the city, but to no avail. “UNESCO said the culture ministry has to apply for it,” Ayhan tells Fox. “We wrote to the ministry but no answer … It’s their duty but they didn’t do anything.”

Successive legal battles have also proved fruitless, with the European Court of Human Rights ultimately deeming the case inadmissible earlier this year.

It’s not just Hasankeyf that is affected by the new dam; hundreds of settlements will be impacted, and thousands of people are being forced to leave their homes. The government has built a new town with 710 homes for the displaced, but many residents do not want to resettle.

“I need to start all over again,” Firat Argun, whose ancestors have lived in Hasankeyf for 300 years, tells Sevinclidir. “I feel like I have just arrived in this world. I don't know if it is going to be good or bad."

Then there are the ecological threats. As Smithsonian reported in 2009, the dam project will put hundreds of species at risk. Some are vulnerable or endangered, including the Euphrates softshell turtle and the red‐wattled lapwing, according to the Guardian’s Constanze Letsch.

Though time seems to be running out for Hasankeyf and its environs, activists are not giving up hope. The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive has called for a “global day of action” on September 14, asking people to take to Twitter with the hashtag #SaveHasankeyf and to use art as a means of protesting on behalf of the region

Sing, play, paint, do something for Hasankeyf

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Re: SAVE HASANKEYF GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION 14 SEPTEMBER

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:40 pm

Barbaric Turkes prepares to
flood 12,000-year-old city


‘They are barbaric’: Turkey prepares to flood 12,000-year-old city to build dam

After the half-hour drive from Batman in south-east Turkey, the ancient city of Hasankeyf, which sits on the banks of the Tigris River, appears as an oasis.

Hasankeyf is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Earth, dating as far back as 12,000 years and containing thousands of caves, churches and tombs.

But this jewel of human history will soon be lost; most of the settlement is about to be flooded as part of the highly controversial Ilisu dam project.

Construction work on the dam and its hydroelectric power plant started in 2006 and Hasankeyf is now just weeks away from destruction, despite a fight by residents and environmental campaigners to save it. The Turkish government has given residents until 8 October to evacuate.

An attempt to challenge the project at the European court of human rights on the grounds that it would damage the country’s cultural heritage was unsuccessful.

First conceived as far back as the 1950s, the dam project has long been mired in controversy. On its completion it will be the fourth biggest dam in Turkey and is predicted to generate 4,200 gigawatts of electricity annually, but at a huge cost.

The scheme will mean the flooding of around 300 settlements in the region, thousands of human-made caves and hundreds of historical and religious sites. Campaigners warn that close to 80,000 people will be displaced.

They also warn of terrible damage to the natural environment, saying biodiversity will suffer, and that numerous vulnerable and endangered species are threatened by the construction of the dam.

Ridvan Ayhan, who was born in one of the caves in Hasankeyf, is an active member in the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, founded in 2006 as a grassroots campaign to halt the dam project.

Walking along the mountainside facing the town, Ayhan reached a cave clearly marked with an engraved cross, indicating an ancient church. “It’s not just our story, Hasankeyf, it’s also your story, because it’s the human story,” he said.

It is unknown what year the church dates back to. Only 10% of the area has been explored by archaeologists.

“We’ve asked for the area to be an open-air museum but the government wouldn’t accept it,” Ayhan said. “If you dig here you will find cultures layered on top of one another.”

Under the church is a tomb where piles of human bones have surfaced. “The government doesn’t even respect the dead,” Ayhan said. “They are barbaric.”

Hasankeyf has been part of many different cultures in its long history, including ancient Mesopotamia, Byzantium, Arab empires and the Ottoman empire, but Hakan Ozoglu, a history professor at the University of Central Florida, said the settlement predates all these civilisations.

“We have references to the town in several ancient texts in different languages such as Assyrian, Armenian, Kurdish, Arabic,” he said.

The professor says Hasankeyf is a laboratory that could provide many answers about the past. “Such rare physical evidence of the human past must be protected at all cost,” Ozoglu said.

Only eight historical monuments – including a tower from what was said to be the oldest university in the world, half of an old Roman gate to the city and a women’s hamam dating to around 1400 – have been saved from Hasankeyf. The pieces were moved 3km away and now stand on a vast plain.

“It’s meaningless for us to see these historical pieces there,” Ayhan said.

With the deadline handed down by the government, people from the surrounding areas have come to say farewell to the historical site, knowing it will be their last chance to see it.

Few tourists visit the area, however, due to its inaccessibility.

Ozoglu said the benefit from the dam cannot come close to that of the potential of tourism that would be better marketed if it had Unesco’s name attached to it.

“I cannot see very many other places on Earth that deserve [more] to be on the list of Unesco’s protected sites,” Ozoglu said.

Ayhan shook his head when Unesco was mentioned – the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive had already applied unsuccessfully for the settlement to be listed.

“Unesco said the culture ministry has to apply for it,” Ayhan said. “We wrote to the ministry but no answer … It’s their duty but they didn’t do anything.” The Turkish ministry of culture and tourism would not comment.

A spokesperson at the ministry of energy and natural resources was also contacted. “Why do you want to talk about Hasankeyf when we have so many other projects?” was their only comment.

The Turkish authorities’ crackdown on protests has also hindered Hasankeyf residents’fight to stop the dam.

“If we protest, they take us to prisons,” Ayhan said. “There’s no democracy here. If there was democracy, maybe we could do something.” He says he was arrested in 2012.

The government has built a “new Hasankeyf” for 700 households, 3km away from historical Hasankeyf, to relocate residents before 8 October. But Eyup Agalday, 27, said he and his wife were not offered their own home in the new settlement, as the government has a cutoff for those married after 2014. “I will have to live with my parents again– the whole family of 10 members will be in the one house,” he said.

Agalday, like his ancestors, is a shepherd, and currently lives in in one of Hasankeyf’s many caves. He will not be allowed to take his animals to the new village and has started selling his goats. “I am forced to do something and be in a city where I don’t want to live,” he said.

Agalday said about a fifth of Hasankeyf’s residents have already moved to the new settlement, with around five or six families moving each day. A green pick-up truck could be spotted from below with belongings and furniture piled high, making its way out of Hasankeyf.

Sitting under the shade of bountiful grapevines on the opposite side of the river, Hediye Tapkan, 38, said she had no idea where her family, including five young children, will go. “We like our place, we make our bread here, we have lots of grapes and figs which sometimes we sell, our lands are productive,” she said.

Tapkan and her family have also not been offered a replacement home, even though they were allegedly forced to sell some of their land – at 900 Turkish lira for 1 dunum, or £125 for 1,000 sq metres – for the construction of the new village.

As the residents wait for the floodgates to open and for Hasankeyf to be slowly submerged by the rising river, they say they will continue to raise their voices and spread the message of the settlement’s history, even after entry to it is banned in October.

    When we die, our children will come and spit on our graves and say, why didn’t you save Hasankeyf?
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Re: HASANKEYF KURDISTAN GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION 14 SEPTEMBER

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:05 pm

Every now and again the Kurds themselves need to be reminded of not so much what they are losing more:

What they are allowing Turkey to take from them

HUNDREDS of archaeological sites including the beautiful city of Hasankeyf will be destroyed. In its surroundings 23 different cultures have left their traces, not to mention yet undiscovered sites witnessing 12,000 years of human history.

Thousands of people will have to leave their homes; their settlements and agricultural land will be flooded. The plan to build Ilisu conflicts with international treaties,
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Re: HASANKEYF KURDISTAN GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION 14 SEPTEMBER

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:18 pm

It is terrible when groups such as the Islamic State destroy historic sites and monuments

And much is written about ISIS destruction of many historic sites - ISIS is condemned for the destruction of Islamic heritage

Yet Turkey is about to destroy the MOST important Kurdish historical site there is

A site that is MANY THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLDER than anything ISIS has destroyed

Turkey is about to submerge a historical city and destroy the habitat of thousands of birds, plants, trees and animals :((

And NOBODY is stopping this from happening

    A message to the Kurds:
When your children and grandchildren ask you:

"Why are there so few ancient sites in Kurdistan?"

I hope you will feel proud when you answer:

"I was too busy watching Turkish TV to stop the destruction of Hasankeyf"

WHERE IS KURDISH PRIDE ? ? ?
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Re: TODAY IS HASANKEYF GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION TODAY

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:28 am

Residents panic as city set to be flooded by government to build controversial dam

The Turkish government is about to flood the ancient city of Hasankeyf, located in the country's southeastern region, to continue the construction of a controversial new hydroelectric dam

The historic city, which dates back 12,000 years and is believed to be one of the world's oldest continually inhabited settlements, is in the process of being evacuated to facilitate the continuation of the Ilisu Dam project, set in motion in 2006 after decades of planning and discussion, the Guardian reports.

Although the city, situated on the bank of the Tigris river, is home to thousands of caves, churches, tombs and other priceless archaeological sites, it will soon be inundated with water by a reservoir created for the dam, despite years of protests from residents, archaeologists, architects, preservationists and environmentalists.

The Ilisu Dam is set to generate 4,200 gigawatts of electricity each year upon the project's completion, but at a huge cost — the government initiative will bring about the destruction of 300 settlements, displace close to 80,000 people, destroy vast areas of agricultural land and unique birds, animals and plant life.

The Turkish government gave residents of Hasankeyf until Oct. 8 to evacuate, prompting renewed outcries from locals who have long been advocating to save their city, including Ridvan Ayhan, who was born and raised there.

"We've asked for the area to be an open-air museum but the government wouldn’t accept it," Ayhan told the Guardian. "If you dig here you will find cultures layered on top of one another."

Ayhan also mentioned that thousands of generations of the city's deceased will be displaced by the planned flooding.

"The government doesn’t even respect the dead," Ayhan said. "They are barbaric."

Another resident of Hasankeyf, 38-year-old Merut Tekin, who comes from a long line of merchants who have run shops in the city, told outlet Quantara.de that the dam project, which has been in the making for decades, has been a major stressor on him since he was born.

"The analogy I use is that it's like having a death sentence," he explained. "You are standing on a chair with a rope around your neck, but the chair is neither kicked nor is the rope taken off. You just stand there waiting — it's terrible."

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Re: TODAY IS HASANKEYF GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION TODAY

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:01 am

The Bottle

I packed up my camera, off I go
To Hasankeyf, my friends to show
The problems there, I did not know

Where the city once did lie
A mass of water, I did spy
I fell to the ground and started to cry

My camera now, no good to me
For there is nothing left to see
I asked myself, how can this be

Who would destroy such a wondrous place
12,000 years of history laid waste
In my mouth a terrible sick taste

I looked in vain for a souvenir stand
All I have now, held tightly in hand
Bottled lake water from that once beautiful land
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Re: Yesterday was HASANKEYF action day what did YOU do???

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:13 pm

Link below to what I believe to be, one of the best, most informative documentaries about our beloved Hasankeyf

https://youtu.be/BOXyf3YpK_A

(In Turkish with English subtitles )

I will cry tears of blood should the world lose such a wonderful historic place =((

20 years ago I was one of the small dedicated group, that managed to obtain vast amounts of media coverage and political support for Hasankeyf.

We caused Balfour Beatty to pull out of the deal and the UK government to withdraw it's financial support


    Why is there no media blitz

People I speak to have NO IDEA what is happening :shock:
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Re: What did YOU do on HASANKEYF day of action ???

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:54 pm

12,000-Year-Old Hasankeyf
About to Be Submerged


    Hasankeyf is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Earth

    Historical treasures at the site include ruins of a 12th-century palace and a mosque built in 1409

    The area will be underwater when the Ilisu dam project comes online
A 12,000-year-old settlement on the banks of the Tigris River in Turkey that was once a stop on the Silk Road will soon be underwater.

The town of Hasankeyf is one of hundreds of settlements that will be lost as the reservoir behind the new Ilisu dam is filled over the next few months.

Residents have been told they must be gone by Oct. 8.

"We were living with hope but we lost that now. They gave us three to five months," Firat Argun, whose family has lived in Hasankeyf for 300 years, told CBS News. "I need to start all over again. I feel like I have just arrived in this world. I don't know if it is going to be good or bad."

Ridvan Ayhan was born in one of the [b]thousands of caves that line the cliffs overlooking Hasankeyf[/b]

“It’s not just our story, Hasankeyf, it’s also your story, because it’s the human story,” Ayhan, who is also an active member in the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, told The Guardian.

The townspeople and environmentalists, archaeologists and other activists from around the world have spent years trying to block the dam's construction. They say the dam will cause irreversible cultural and environmental damage.

A view of the construction work along the Tigris River that runs through the 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf settlement and ancient citadel town that will soon be submerged by the waters of the nearby Ilisu dam in southeastern Turkey.

Hasankeyf is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Earth, according to The Guardian. Its earliest inhabitants carved thousands of caves in the limestone cliffs during the Neolithic era.

Included among the more than 20 cultures that have influenced the settlement, are the Romans, Byzantines, Mongols and Arabs. Marco Polo may have crossed over the stone, brick and wooden bridge that was built about 1116, according to Smithsonian.com. Only two massive stone piers and one arch remain.

The Ottoman Empire absorbed the town in 1515, and Hasankeyf has been part of modern Turkey since the Empire's collapse

Historical treasures at the site include ruins of a 12th-century palace, a mosque built in 1409 by the Ayyubid Sultan Suleiman; and the 15th-century cylindrical Tomb of Zeynel Bey.

The tomb is one of only eight historical monuments that have been saved, The Guardian reported. They have been moved to the site of a new settlement about a mile and a half away called New Hasankeyf. The new town has 710 houses for people displaced by the dam, CBS News reported.

The tomb of Zeynel Bey, front, and the Artuklu Hamam, a centuries-old bathhouse, are two of only eight historic monuments to be saved in Hasankeyf, Turkey, from the Ilisu dam project.

Environmentalists fear losses to the natural environment will be permanent

“The Tigris river basin is one of the last areas where a river runs freely in Turkey without having been dammed,” environmental engineer Ercan Ayboga, who is also part of the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, told The Guardian. “The dam will completely destroy the river banks. The microclimate will change due to the dam, a phenomenon we have already seen after the dams on the Euphrates.

The biodiversity will suffer; the rich variety of plant and animal life will be severely diminished.”

Toon Bijnens, international coordinator for the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign in Sulaymaniyah, said he expects water levels to decrease downstream by 40%.

    “There will be increased salt water intrusion, making the water unfit for drinking or irrigation,” BijneHe also said a considerable part of the Mesopotamian marshes in southern Iraq, which were once dammed by Saddam Hussein in the 1990s, will dry up.ns told The Guardian

    He also said a considerable part of the Mesopotamian marshes in southern Iraq, which were once dammed by Saddam Hussein in the 1990s, will dry up

Activists sought and failed to get the Turkish government to seek UNESCO protected status for Hasankeyf as a site of significant historical importance. Court fights in Turkey have been unsuccessful, and a final bid at the European Court of Human Rights was dismissed this year as "inadmissible," CBS News reported.

The dam was first conceived in 1954. Legal battles delayed ground-breaking until 2006. When it is completed, the dam is predicted to generate 4,200 gigawatts hours of electricity annually.

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Re: What did YOU do on HASANKEYF day of action ???

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:49 pm

Global voices have sung, painted, played and spoken for Hasankeyf and Tigris!

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.

It is urgent to act with all our energy and creativity for the life, outstanding heritage and values in the Tigris Valley because in end of July the Turkish government has started to fill the Ilisu Dam reservoir and it declared to close Hasankeyf for the public on 8th October 2019. It is likely that just few week after 8th October Hasankeyf could dissappear under the floods.

Some of the totally affected 1999 villages have been flooded already. Ilisu belongs to the projects which would create the most serious social, cultural and ecological destructions in the Republic of Turkey.Following our call under the hashtag #HasankeyfİçinBirŞey on Saturday evening at 8 pm local Turkish/Kurdish time we and hundreds of people started to do post images, videos and statements in social media.

They have sung, played an instrument, painted, drawn, performed poems, did sport and made statements against the destructive Ilisu Dam. The result is a big diversity of performances using art and culture. In few cases people joined manifestations or even organized one.

From Kurdish and Turkish provinces many people joined the action day. In the West of Turkey from Ankara, Istanbul, via the Ida (Kaz) mountains, Izmir, Çanakçı and the Menderes River to Mersin there was active participation. People from Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley, who experience hard times due to displacement, have joined with statements and images the action day. In several places children and young people joined with drawings, instruments and statements which in particular is pleasent.

An important solidarity message came from Göbeklitepe, the oldest temple site 225 km west of Hasankeyf, where two people performed Yoga for Hasankeyf. Several people wrote poems for Hasankeyf like students from the Kurdish province Van. Two people, who do documentation in the affected villages for some weeks, shared pictures and videos from one dozen villages in the different provinces. Among them are also graves which will be flooded and no more accessible for the displaced and other people.

The international participation in the action day started one day before in Sydney/Australia with a manifestation. Then it continued with a solidarity action from water activists in Basra/Iraq with whom we share the Save the Tigris Campaign (www.savethetigris.org) for years. In several European places like Catalonia (painting with children), Bilbao/Basque Country, Athens, Bristol/UK (banner at a bridge), Paris (theatre), Frankfurt (joing demonstrations against automobile fair), Berlin, Hannover, Nürnberg (instrument playing) and Hamburg (resistance peom with a link to water) in Germany performances and creative actions have been done.

More than 20 famous Kurdish and Turkish artists joined this action day with statements or even new songs composed and new drawing made for Hasankeyf and the Tigris. Their participation was important to have access to broader circles in Turkey. This was the case in June when a number of artists joined the 3rd Global Action Day for Hasankeyf on 7/8 June 2019. Also several known journalists, politicians and civil society organizations continued to express solidarity on the 15th and 16th September. This shows how much Hasankeyf has become the most moving ecological issue together with the struggle for the Ida Mountains. A special message of solidarity has been sent by activists of the “Conscience and Water Watch” at the Ida Mountain to Hasankeyf.

Some photographer shared their pictures on Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley which have been shot in the last weeks and many years ago. This comparison shows the dimension of destruction occurred in Hasankeyf. But we have 20-30 times more to rescue as heritage if we can stop the filling by the Ilisu Dam.

After this successful action day we emphasize more than ever: We will continue with our protests in order to prevent the closing of Hasankeyf to the public and to stop of the filling the Ilisu Dam reservoir. We will use the (social) media, but will also be present at the ground along the Tigris River. It is critical that every person and organization rejecting the Ilisu Dam should act now. Write to the Turkish government, organize events and actions, do statements for the press or come to Hasankeyf before 8th October. We need everybody in the public and at the ground!

The Tigris Valley has not been lost yet, there is so much to save. In particular there is a hope to be won for the nature, culture and people. Do not allow to destroy an important the heart of our region in order private companies make more profit and states deepen their policies of hegemony and repression.

It will be never too late for Hasankeyf
and the Tigris River!
Hasankeyf is our culture,
Tigris our nature!


Note: See our website for images and videos from the performances, outputs and actions of the action day!

Hasankeyf Coordination
(Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive is part of this new big alliance)

Information in English on the action day: www.hasankeyfgirisimi.net
Email: hasankeyfgirisimi@gmail.com
Twitter: @HasankeyfKoord and @hasankeyfdicle
Facebook: @HasankeyfKoord ve @hasankeyfyasatmagirisimi
Instagram: @hasankeyfkoord

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Re: What did YOU do on HASANKEYF day of action ???

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:30 pm

Suyun Ölüm Tarihi
Water’s Date of Death


The 12.000 years old town Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley are targeted by state politics which are characterized by destruction and annihilation. The Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project, planned since the 50‘s, has been faced with civil resistence since the 90's and thus a source of inspiration for many other struggles on natural and cultural heritage.

The documentary 'Water's Date of Death' aims to show the Tigris Valley and Hasankeyf as a living being which is threatened to be lost.

Tunekirina dîroka 12 hezar salan a Heskîf û Geliyê Dîcleyê demeke dirêj e ku di nîşangeha siyaseta dewletê ya xerakirin û tunekirinê de ye. Berxwedana sivîl a ji dawiya salên 90an ve li hemberê Bendav û projeya Ilisuyê ku weke plan di salên 1950yan de dest pê kiribû didome bo gellek têkoşînên ekolojîk û çandî bûye çavkaniya îlhamê.

Belgefîlma 'Dîroka Mirina Avê', Heskîf û çemê Dîcleyê weke jîndarekê pênase dike û dixwaze yên li ber wendabûnê nîşan bide.

Yıkmaya ve yok etmeye yönelik devlet politikaları çerçevesinde 12 bin yıllık Hasankeyf Şehri ve Dicle Vadisi yok edilmesi gereken alan ve engel olarak uzun süredir hedeftedir. 1950'li yıllarda planlaması başlayan Ilısu Barajı ve HES Projesine karşılık 90'lı yılların sonundan beri sürdürülen sivil direniş, çok sayıda ekoloji ve kültürel miras mücadelelerine ilham kaynağı oldu.

'Suyun Ölüm Tarihi' belgeseli Dicle Nehiri ve Hasankeyf'i canlı varlık olarak tanımlayıp kaybolacak olanı göstermeyi amaçlamaktadır.

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