Hargeisa IDPs relocated to new housingPhoto | Ku xigeenka Madaxa OCHA Soomaaliya - Edem Wosornu /Sawir/OCHA Somalia
New shelters have been constructed by aid agencies to house hundreds of IDPs currently living in squalid camps on the outskirts of Hargeisa.
The director of Somaliland’s Ministry for Resettlement, Mohamud Yonis Jibril, said that the government had provided the land on which 880 houses were built by international organizations. UN agencies OCHA, UNHCR, IOM, and Habitat, as well as the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), have been involved in implementing the resettlement programme.
The deputy head of OCHA’s office for Somalia, Eden Wosornu, said they started relocating families from the Mohamed Moge IDP camp to the new shelters on Wednesday6 November. The relocation would continue until the end of the year.
“We will be relocating 100 families each week and every family will occupy one single room,” Wosornu told Radio Ergo’s local reporter. The IDPs will also receive other services including clinics, education, water and other services that will improve their living conditions.
Half of Somaliland’s estimated 84,000 IDPs live in Hargeisa, while another 25,000 live in Burao, the second largest city of Somaliland.
The chairman of Mohamed Moge camp, Ibrahim Ahmed Handule, said theIDPs had lost their livestock in cycles of drought and famine, while others had fled from their original home in southern Somalia due to conflict over the past two decades.
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