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Iraq's Maysan region has outlined plans to construct 105 housing units for the underprivileged and displaced in the area
Maysan governor Ali Dawai Lazim said that the main aim of the project would be to solve the housing crisis prevalent in the province. The project will also include the construction of a mosque and an entertainment quarter for children.
The work on the housing complex is expected to start soon. The project will be funded by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which was established by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s budget for Iraq in 2013 is estimated to be US$146mn.
The agency will be mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
Other initiatives related to the housing crisis in Iraq also includes the Iraqi “Comprehensive Plan to End Displacement”, developed with UNHCR’s support, which incorporates plans to improve access to basic services, livelihoods and employment in areas of return. It also includes shelter programmes for areas of displacement.