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Jack Campin Folklore: city that sank into the sea (56* d) RE: Folklore: city that sank into the sea 30 Oct 20

A truly depressing one: what has just happened to Hasankeyf, on the Tigris in Turkey a few miles from the border with Iraq. Drowned by a hydro dam and, just to make sure, blasted to bits by demolition charges as part of Erdogan's cultural war against non-Turkish ethnicities. It's about 10,000 years old, Kurdish for most of that time, and part of the mediaeval kingdom of Armenia before the Seljuks invaded. I've been there, twice. The locals were equally Kurdish, Turkish and Arab, getting along with each other just fine, no thanks to the government. The most pro-EU people I've ever met since the EU blocked the dam construction for over ten years.

No songs about it that I know of.

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