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Threatening wilderness, dams fuel protests in the Balkans

Threatening wilderness, dams fuel protests in the Balkans

For almost a year, a clutch of Bosnian women has kept watch over a wooden bridge to disrupt the march of hydropower - part of a Balkan-wide protest against the damming of Europe's wild rivers.

From Albania to Slovenia, critics fear the proposed run of dams will destroy their majestic landscape, steal their water and extinguish species unique to the Balkans.

So the village women stake out the bridge around the clock, listening out for the telltale sounds of diggers on the move.

"We are always here, during the day, at night, always," said Hata Hurem, a 31-year-old housewife, in the shadow of the towering mountains that dominate the Balkan landscape.

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