Sunday, 24 May 2015 10:14

Dignity at the heart of Dawoodiya camp – UN handover to local authorities

Dohuk, 22 May – UN humanitarian partners among which the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday handed over to local authorities in Dohuk, Kurdistan

Region of Iraq, the communal infrastructure of Dawoodiya camp for internally displaced persons that they jointly built. Established in January, the camp now hosts 680 families, approximately 4,000 people originally from Ninewa province, Tal-Afar and the Sinjar.

“We would like to thank the United Nations for their good coordination, and the Bureau of Relief and Humanitarian Affairs of Dohuk Governorate for their cooperation in establishing the camp,” Ismail Mohamad Ahmed, Deputy Governor, said. “We will do our best to support the people living here and make their stay as comfortable as possible until they are able to go back to their homes,” he added.

Seven UN agencies have participated in the camp’s construction thanks to the generous support of donor countries including Japan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the latter has provided a fund managed via the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

IOM and UN-Habitat have planned the settlement with the authorities and delivered 900 prefabricated units in total, and UNICEF and UNESCO built the primary and secondary schools. IOM equipped its 500 cabins with septic tanks and the camp of a security fence. IOM now supports the displaced persons with psycho-social consultations, individual and group counselling, and sports and recreation. 

UNDP has invested in the camp’s basic infrastructure such as electricity, internal roads and walk ways and the WASH system, which included two boreholes and water towers and sewerage canals. UNDP supported the construction of the camp administration and police office, and the health clinic, whereas WHO has set up and coordinated health services, and UNHCR distributed non-food items. UNOPS has provided solar lighting.

“We are honoured and proud to handover the camp’s social infrastructure to the local authorities following a very fruitful partnership between the United Nations and the Governorate of Dohuk,” Sultan Hajiyev, UNDP Deputy Country Director, said. “We are pleased that Dawoodiya camp finally offers good sanitary and decent living conditions to hundreds of vulnerable families,” he added.

According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix, there are approximately 760,000 displaced Iraqis still living in critical shelter arrangements across the country, including unfinished buildings, religious buildings and informal settlements. 

“The construction of Dawoodiya has been a collaborative effort with our partners and the Dohuk authorities to address critical, life-saving shelter needs for displaced Iraqis,” explained IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss. “We look forward to continuing to work with the government and humanitarian partners to meet the massive need for adequate shelter for displaced people throughout Iraq,” he concluded.

Yuko Otsuki, UN-Habitat Head for the Kurdistan Region, stated: “The prefabricated shelters not only provide improved physical protection from the weather, but they also preserve the dignity and privacy of their inhabitants. UN-Habitat, with funding from the Japanese government works on constructing another 1,700 prefabricated cabins in various sites in Baghdad, Karbala and Dohuk.” 

 

UNDP also supports temporary income generation projects that aim to clean the environment and benefit everyone within displaced and host communities. The two nongovernment organizations ACTED and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) conduct cash-for-work activities together with internally displaced persons for garbage collection in the camps of Chamishku, Dawoodiya, Akre, Kabarto I and II and the nearby village of Delobi through UNDP funding.

 

 

For additional information, please contact:

 

Timothy Mewmaw, UN-Habitat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (m) +964 750 366 9587

Sandra Black, IOM Iraq, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (m) +964 751 234 2550

Shawqi Younis, UNDP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (m) +964 750 468 7661 

Mizuho Yokoi UNDP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (m) +964 750 236 6980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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