Kurdish town to be flooded

May 22, 2019

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The Tigris river flows through the once-powerful town of Hasankeyf, which it has sustained through wars and hardship for thousands of years. In the next millennium, those same clear waters will submerge the crumbling ruins and caves, all for the sake of a huge energy and irrigation scheme to regenerate Turkey's southeast region. This picture was taken on May 19, 1999.



A hydrodam in Turkey will soon flood a Kurdish town. But water is only part of the story. Also, what are the effects of US sanctions on Iraq? And, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina was on the leading edge of gay rights in the country. He died on Tuesday.

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