As of beginning of March 2017, approximately 1.5 million out of more than 3 million displaced persons in Iraq have returned to areas liberated from ISIL. These areas were devastated with buildings and houses burned and damaged. Rehabilitation of housing is one of the most urgent needs in the liberated areas.
In Ramadi, UN-Habitat focused on rehabilitation of housing units in two neighborhoods: Tameem and Kilo 7 area, where both experienced high level of damage. In Tameem, 395 houses were rehabilitated; in Kilo 7 area, 42 low-cost housing units were rehabilitated and 52 low-cost housing units were fully replaced. Total 723 families (3,419 individuals) benefitted from this intervention to facilitate their safe, voluntary and dignified return to their homes. In both neighborhoods, total 150 returnees were engaged in the rehabilitation/installation activities as labors, which contributed to improve their livelihoods. Returnees were also trained on basic construction skills such as carpentry, welding, plumbing and electricity, so that they can maintain the houses and basic infrastructure that were rehabilitated under the project.
Mr. Ali Farhan, the Technical Deputy Governor of Anbar referred to the massive destruction in the city. “The intervention of UN-Habitat is highly acknowledged and appreciated in reconstructing the destructed houses in Ramadi to enable the return of the displaced people, and the Governorate urges UN-Habitat to extend this kind of work to cover more neighborhoods” as quoted by the Deputy Governor.
His Excellency Mr. Fumio Iwai, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Iraq, commented that “It is our pleasure that Japan has contributed to reconstruction of two neighborhoods in Ramadi City affected by ISIL in cooperation with the Government of Iraq. I am very impressed with efforts made by people forced to leave their homes and what they accomplished reconstruction of their houses and their lives by themselves.”
The Mayor of Ramadi Dr. Ibrahim Al-Aosaj, commented that as one of the first UN agencies to enter and to operate in Ramadi, UN-Habitat’s work has been very important for local communities of Ramadi. UN-Habitat established community-based committees, comprised of women and men from the communities in Tameem and Kilo 7. In addition to their pivotal role in facilitating the planning and implementation of the activities, they were empowered to decide on what training activities will be useful for them to maintain the houses and infrastructure rehabilitated under the project.
Dr. Erfan Ali, Head of UN-Habitat Iraq, explained that UN-Habitat tackles recovery through its unique community-based approach, not only by physically rehabilitating damaged houses and infrastructure, but more importantly, engaging community members themselves in rehabilitation activities and empowering them socially and economically.
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Alan Miran, Media and Communications Specialist, UN-Habitat
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