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Turkish village prepares to sink under dam waters

You can have a new house and get paid for your previous possessions only if you can show them propriety certification, but a lot of people don't have it. They just built their own houses and started to farm", said one of the inhabitants, who wished not to be named. "We all know each other, we've never needed a paper to know which land belongs to whom."

Even when residents are lucky enough to be assigned one of the new houses, there are further problems to face. Many of Hasankeyf's former residents made their living from growing crops and keeping sheep, but breeding animals is banned in the new village.

Residents complain that New Hasankeyf lacks the character of its predecessor with its anonymous, grey collection of houses, without a soul, built on a sunny hill that looks more like a punis

Updated: November 27, 2019 03:56 PM

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