As A War Ebbs, Business Picks Up...But Peace Won't Come Cheap

When Necmettin Akyil decided to build Diyarbakir's first textile mill 11 years ago, he couldn't talk anyone into financing it. "Most people, including banks, thought the project was too risky," explains Akyil's son and business partner, Osman. It's not hard to see why. For much of the past 13 years, this southeastern Turkish city has been a government bastion in a region thick with Kurdish rebels. To get his factory built, Necmettin ended up spending much of the money he'd saved while toiling as a cotton farmer and trader.

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