UNHCR and Better Shelter
We have delivered shelters to Iraqi Kurdistan and to camps in the Baghdad area. These shelters house internally displaced persons from Iraq and refugees from Syria, of which many have been able to bring personal items and make the shelters their own.
Al Jamea’a Camp, Baghdad – the Hameed family
The Hameed family, pictured with just two of their daughters: Malik, 5, and Hamsa, 9. Their mother Hind is 30 years old and their father Saffa, 34. There are 98 Better Shelter (RHUs) here, accommodating 115 families (several families sharing RHUs). The family left their home in Ramadi at the end of June 2014 and moved to 4 different places in the area, eventually leaving for Baghdad in April 2015. They built a small kitchen outside their Better Shelter.
Al Jamea’a Camp, Baghdad – the Abdelraza family
Hamid: “…Our house was 200 square meters, it’s a big house, with 6 rooms and all the facilities, built in a modern design. When we arrived in the camp, we were living in tents. It was so difficult. We were sweating constantly, day and night. I would try to use a fan to help Fatma, but she was feeling horrible. [UNHCR] provided us with air coolers and rechargeable fans but the weather this summer was just too harsh. The tent was just too small, with dust everywhere. We were so excited when we found out [about the RHU]. The RHU is a blessing from god for us in the desert. We are so grateful to UNHCR for providing us shelter. The low ceiling was the worst in the tent. During the summer it was very hot and you couldn’t move inside either. In the RHU, there is space to move unrestricted and we started to buy things to make ourselves feel at home, like a set of drawers and a TV. It provides us with more privacy. My wife and I sleep behind the curtain and my kids sleep on this side, in the main ‘room’. During the floods earlier this year, all the tents were damaged. But when we were flooded again at the end of October, the RHUs were not affected at all. The new shelters are better because they give us privacy, which is extremely important for our tribe’s values…”. Full story
Location Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Baghdad area
Implementation Autumn 2015/ Spring 2016
Number of units 3500
Purpose Temporary housing