Thursday, 01 September 2016 03:00

UNHCR Inaugurates new housing for displaced Iraqis in Najaf

Baghdad, Iraq, 01/09/2016: New housing units for displaced Iraqis living in Najaf were officially declared open at an inauguration ceremony attended by the UNHCR Representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo, Governor of Najaf, Luay Al-Yassiry, staff from UNHCR’s implementing partner, CAOFISR (Canadian Aid Organisation) and displaced Iraqi families.

 

100 shelter units have been built at Al Najaf camp, including sanitation and communal kitchen facilities. Many of the families moving in had faced imminent eviction from their current places of refuge. 

UNHCR’s Bruno Geddo thanked the authorities in Najaf for their solidarity in sheltering displaced families who had fled their homes due to conflict.

More than 14,600 displaced families (around 87,800 people) are staying in Najaf. About 80% are staying in mosques and collective centres. Most families fled from the Ninewa plains and Telafar/Mosul. 

“Najaf is showing a message of hope for all of Iraq, because of the welcome it has given for IDPS from as far as Mosul and Telafar, all of the north, and across religious lines. This is very important”, said Mr Geddo at the inauguration.

“The job is not done yet”, he said. “There will be a big battle to retake Mosul and we expect there will be yet another wave of displacement. We count on the solidarity of Najaf as there may be a need to receive more displaced people from Mosul very soon”, he said.

Also attending the event was Muhsin Al Tameemi chairmen of IDP committee in the provincial council of Al Najaf, UN agencies and local organisations and displaced families.

The camp is located on land provided by the authorities from the Imam Ali Holy Shrine. The first families are due to move in this week.

Meanwhile, several hundred people attended a charity football match organized by UNHCR in Najaf between former and present football stars from the Iraqi national football team and a team of young displaced Iraqis.

The event, held under the slogan “Football for displaced people – message for peace and co-existence”, was held to highlight some of the issues facing displaced Iraqis as well as create a better atmosphere and understanding between the host community in Najaf and displaced Iraqis living in the city.

The match, held at Najaf’s main sports stadium, ended in a 3-1 win for the Iraqi national football side, which included some star players, past and present, including strikers and defenders such as Emad Mohammed, Bassim Abbas, Hassan Turki, Muayad Judi and Qusay Muneer.

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