Sharmila Gurung Photo Feature
A child swims in the Tigris River that runs through the 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf settlement and ancient citadel town, which will soon be significantly submerged by the waters of the nearby Ilisu dam in southeastern Turkey, on July 29, 2018. The Turkish town of Hasankeyf, a former trading post along the Silk Road, which has seen the Romans, Byzantines, Turkic tribes and Ottomans leave their mark, will soon be partially flooded by the Ilisu Dam, as part of the Southeast Anatolian project (Gap) and one of Turkey’s largest hydroelectric projects, which is being built some 70 kilometers down stream. The inauguration of Turkey's controversial Ilisu dam on the Tigris River will also compound water shortages in neighbouring Iraq.
AFP PHOTO / Yasin AKGUL