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Scenes from an abandoned Spanish village

Vincent West / Reuters

The ruins of the village of Esco in the Aragon region of Spain are seen at sunset on March 22, 2012.

The Aragonese community of Esco, dating back over 700 years, was forced to abandon its self sufficient way of life after the flooding of surrounding agricultural lands following the construction of the Yesa dam across the nearby Aragon River. Locals are protesting a proposed enlargement of the barrier, which was inaugurated in 1960 by General Francisco Franco, Reuters reports.

Vincent West / Reuters

A sheepdog sits among the ruins of the village of Esco on March 22, 2012.