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The Ilisu Dam Campaign was set up by the Human Rights Project
On 19th May, 25 Kurdish children protested at Balfour Beatty's head office in
London and handed in the following letter to the Chairman Lord Weir.
Appeal from Kurdish children:
Stop the Ilisu Dam and save our homes and cultural heritage.
Dear Lord Weir,
We want you to understand how we feel about what your company is planning for
our culture. The Ilisu Dam which Balfour Beatty is trying to build is going to
destroy forever a big part of our homeland. The city of Hasankeyf, which most of
us have only ever seen in pictures, is a remarkable old and beautiful place,
known across the world for its rich civilisation going back many centuries.
You must try to understand this very important fact - many of us have never in
our entire lives been able to see our homeland Kurdistan but we always dream of
one day being able to go there for ourselves. You are even making an attempt to
destroy our dreams now.
To think that it will be destroyed before we even have one chance to step foot
on our soil is making use very distressed. It is a sad comment on today's values
that people are ready to put a place like Hasankeyf under water for the sake of
personal gain and greed. Again it is sad that you can throw people out of their
homes and push them around without even considering what they want. It is a joke
to talk about giving out compensation to people facing all these losses. You can
never pay enough for what you try to steal from us. It is impossible to give
enough compensation when our homes, land and civilisation are going to be lost.
How can Balfour Beatty be so hard and insensitive? Your business is making money,
not making misery, but perhaps the two are the same. Show some humanity and show
us that you do have a conscience by changing your mind at this late hour and
cancel your involvement in this coming disaster on our civilisation.
If Balfour Beatty does carry out its work on this dam not only will you damage
the name of your company among the public at large, you will go down in history
alongside all those who have committed great crimes against the Kurdish people.
So, if you can't think about us, think of yourself and stop the dam.
We hope you see sense and listen to us.
Kurdish children in London.
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