Jánovas, a prosperous and beautiful village in the Ara Valley, near the Ordesa National Park (declared a protected area by UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme), was one of 17 villages demolished in the 1960s to make way for a hydroelectric dam. Disagreements between the developer and the government, together with a poor project design and doubts about its profitability, delayed the project for decades, and eventually the dam was not built.

Almost half a century later, the people from the destroyed villages and their descendants are still fighting to get back their land and houses so they can reconstruct their lives in the places they still consider home.


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