The UN shows its “grave concern” about the closure of camps for displaced people in Iraq and the lack of solutions


The United Nations humanitarian affairs coordinator, Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, has been “very concerned” about the situation of thousands of civilians who have been transferred from the camps for internally displaced persons in Iraq in recent weeks and have not yet found new homes.

So far, and according to information provided by the UN, the Government of Iraq has closed eleven camps for internally displaced persons, while it has reclassified two of them as unofficial places, decisions that have affected more than 27,000 people, of which an estimated 78 percent are women and children.

In addition, Vojackova-Sollorano remarks in a statement, “their well-being is of particular concern in light of the persistent COVID-19 pandemic and the arrival of winter.”

In this sense, the senior official has expressed concern for the security, well-being and future of Iraqis, since two thirds of those affected have arrived in their district of origin, but many are not in their traditional homes.

“Around 30% of those returnees do not have safe or decent homes and remain very vulnerable,” warned Vojackova-Sollorano, after explaining that “social tensions and insecurity, the presence of unexploded explosive devices and explosive remnants of war as well as the lack of civil documentation, housing, services, cash assistance and livelihood opportunities remain obstacles to their return. “

Currently, there are five similar camps destined for internally displaced people in Iraq, where hundreds of families still live for whom Vojackova-Sollorano has once again expressed concern about their possible closure before the end of the year.

Although the UN also wants to end the internal displacement crisis that Iraq is going through, the official points out, like the Government, has recalled that the return of the displaced to their places of origin must always be “voluntary, safe, dignified and informed, with conditions established in advance in their areas of origin to allow reintegration and guarantee sustainable solutions. “

“Vulnerable displaced populations need more active support to rebuild their lives with dignity and in accordance with fundamental human rights standards”, stressed Vojackova-Sollorano.

So it is “essential to continue efforts to increase the resilience of the communities that host internally displaced persons, as well as those that receive returnees,” he concluded.

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