Ensuring safety and dignity with RHUs in Iraq camps

Region: Middle East & North Africa
Country: Iraq
Year: 2016
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 1001-5000
Modality: Temporary shelter
Sector: Shelter
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building

UNHCR in Iraq implemented an estimated 3500 units of the Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHUs) in Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as in refugee and IDP camps in the Baghdad area between 2015-2016. UNHCR aimed at providing safe and dignified spaces for these families and enabling them to make the shelter their own. 

The shelters were primarily deployed in Al Jama’a and Al-Khadra Camps in Baghdad.

Read more about UNHCR’s efforts in Iraq here.

Internally displaced Iraqi Wissam Khadim (38) was a taxi driver in Falluja before being displaced with his family in March 2014. In Al-Khadra camp, Wissam works 6 days a week buying gas from outside the camp and selling it inside. Eleven new camps are being built by UN agencies in Iraq to accommodate some of the anticipated 1 million people who could be displaced. Around 3.3 million Iraqis, ten per cent of the country’s population, have fled their homes since March 2014.

Internally displaced Iraqi Shaima Jassim fled Fallujah in 2014 and came to Al-Khadra camp, Baghdad. Since her husband died she supports her family by making dresses to sell to women and girls in the camp.

Internally displaced Iraqi Saadiya Ahmed Hussein and her family speak with UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi in the shelter they have made into a home. Al-Khadra camp opened in March 2015 on the outskirts of Baghdad and hosts around 120 families who fled Ramadi and Falluja. With a military operation to retake Mosul beginning in October 2016, 11 new camps are being built to accommodate some of the anticipated 1 million people likely to be displaced.