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26 Feb, 2018

Rebuilding Iraq

Adequate shelter remains one of the most significant needs towards the achievement of durable solutions for vulnerable displaced persons in Iraq. In its efforts to assist population of concern, UNHCR continues to promote accessibility to adequate shelter across Iraq. ; The Refugee Housing Units (RHU) are an innovative shelter solution, designed as a result of a detailed research and development project undertaken by UNHCR, with the support of partners. The RHU is composed of several basic elements, including a lightweight steel frame, roof and wall panels, door and windows, floor covering, solar energy system (lamp and telephone charger) and an innovative anchoring system. After extensive field testing of prototype in Iraq, the project has now developed a production model for volume mobilisation.

Mosul: 700 families whose homes were demolished in the conflict now have a temporary place to live! UNHCR has provided Better Shelter units to 4,200 persons across West Mosul with generous support from the Japanese Government.

“So many displaced Iraqis want to go home and restart their lives,” said Bruno Geddo, UNHCR Representative in Iraq. “Rebuilding Mosul is an immense task that will take years. The housing units will provide shelter for up to three years to Iraqis returning to their communities. This will give them breathing space to make longer term plans.”

The UN estimates that 40,000 homes in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, need to be rebuilt or restored, and some 600,000 residents have been unable to return to the city. Mosul, which is among the most severely hit areas, was seized by Daesh militants in June 2014. During the battle for Mosul in 2016-2017, 1 million people fled the city to nearby camps and communities. The battle ended when the city was recaptured by Iraqi forces in July 2017.

UN agencies are currently repairing infrastructure in more than 20 towns and cities.

Adequate shelter remains one of the most significant needs towards the achievement of durable solutions for vulnerable displaced persons in Iraq. In its efforts to assist population of concern, UNHCR continues to promote accessibility to adequate shelter across Iraq. ; The Refugee Housing Units (RHU) are an innovative shelter solution, designed as a result of a detailed research and development project undertaken by UNHCR, with the support of partners. The RHU is composed of several basic elements, including a lightweight steel frame, roof and wall panels, door and windows, floor covering, solar energy system (lamp and telephone charger) and an innovative anchoring system. After extensive field testing of prototype in Iraq, the project has now developed a production model for volume mobilisation. Adequate shelter remains one of the most significant needs towards the achievement of durable solutions for vulnerable displaced persons in Iraq. In its efforts to assist population of concern, UNHCR continues to promote accessibility to adequate shelter across Iraq. ; The Refugee Housing Units (RHU) are an innovative shelter solution, designed as a result of a detailed research and development project undertaken by UNHCR, with the support of partners. The RHU is composed of several basic elements, including a lightweight steel frame, roof and wall panels, door and windows, floor covering, solar energy system (lamp and telephone charger) and an innovative anchoring system. After extensive field testing of prototype in Iraq, the project has now developed a production model for volume mobilisation.