Magazine article New Internationalist

The Hive and the Hard Drive a Fable of Corporate Consultation from Eastern Turkey

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Hive and the Hard Drive a Fable of Corporate Consultation from Eastern Turkey

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MEHMET is a beekeeper in the Turkish village of Hacibayram. It is a village with many hives and no people.

Mehmet was born in Hacibayram. Like those he lived alongside, and those in generations before him, he worked the fields' pasture for livestock, meadows for hay and the flowers that feed the bees. Then the guerrillas from the PKK came and soldiers from the Turkish Army shortly after - another fragment of the war that raged in this region for 15 years. What followed is not clear, but every single person from the village left their homes and the buildings were deliberately destroyed.

Those who had lived for so long in Hacibayram were scattered. Some went to the cities, the shanties of Ankara and Istanbul, some to the nearby villages and towns. Mehmet settled in Tercan, six miles from Hacibayram. He travels back and forth to the deserted village each day, tending his hives. Sometimes he stays overnight in the ruins.

The map shows Hacibayram in the corridor of a new industrial project: the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline. The thin black lines on the white paper of the map are spewed out from the belly of a computer hard drive, part of the Social Impact Assessment for the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, produced by Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in London. …

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