GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
November 1994: The Atat¸rk Dam opens in Turkey.

The Atat¸rk Dam is one of 22 planned dams and 19 planned hydroelectric plants on the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. The overall project costs exceed $34 billion and result in the displacement of largely Kurdish populations.

NPR All Things Considered: Turkish Dam
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Turkey's plan to build 22 dams has the region realizing that water is as strategic a resource as oil.