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Plan to Build New Housing Units for Displaced Families

Providing shelters for the displaced families staying in refugee camps outsideSyria has become an urgent need and a top priority to the government which adopted several procedures tohelp these families return to their homeland. 

Within this framework, the Local Administration Ministry's Reconstruction Committee has recently decided to establish 10 housing units, with a capacity of 10 thousand peopleas temporary shelters to welcome the Syrian families who were forcibly displaced by armed terrorist groups.

According to Director of Ministry’s International Cooperation Department, Eng. Rafah al-Baridi,the project will hopefully  be ready in months. Each unit is due to include an education center, clinic and all equipments needed to ensure good live to the displaced.

 Some 800 million SYP is earmarked to implement the project, said al-Baridi.

The Ministry has also spared no effort to provide basic needs to terrorism affected families living in temporary sheltersin different Syrian cities until they are able to return to their original places.

Al- Baridi said in a recent statement that the ministry in cooperation with the Higher Commission for Refugees is also working to rehabilitate and equip more than 200 temporary shelters for families displaced abroad in different governorates at an estimated cost of 240 million SYP.

 They are scheduled to be ready in June, she added, pointing out that this will be done in cooperation with  a number of international and local organizations like the Syrian Trust for development andthe Syria Society for Social Development. In addition, she said, the plan includes providing financial assistance to most needed displaced families, noting that forty thousand families are targeted in this plan.

Concerning cooperation between the ministry and the UNICEF, al-Baridi said the organization will be keen to provide necessary support to rehabilitate and maintain the sewage network  in temporary shelters so as to meet the requirements of citizens in all governorates.

On the work mechanism, al-Baridi said that the ministry tries to getan assessment for the number of displaced families and ensure necessary resources in order to meet the needs of the displaced Syrian citizens by coordinatingefforts with its partners in relief work at the Higher Relief Committee together with some international humanitarian organizations acting in Syria within theframework of the humanitarian response plansigned between the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry and international organizations including the UN Higher Commission for Refugees, The UN Food Program, the UNICEF, the UN Development Bank and concerned UN bodies.

H. Mustafa

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