On Thursday, October 24, 2019, the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Better Shelter organized a joint workshop organized a one day workshop with the participation of partners and stakeholders from the KRG departments, UN agencies and NGOs.
The aim of the workshop was to improve the life of forcibly displaced people by providing affordable temporary shelter and a dignified safer life away from home.
In his remarks, Mr. Hoshang Mohamed, Director General of JCC extended thanks and appreciation to the UNHCR and Better Shelter for organizing this workshop to introduce and discuss the innovative better shelter solution to the displaced people.
Mr. Hoshang added that we still maintain the largest number of camps across the Kurdistan Region and majority of them do not meet the basic standards of a proper shelter, stating that tent camp settings have many problems such as a short lifespan, replacement cost of the outdated tents, absence of the comfort for camp residents, and security challenges, fire and gender-based violence.
Ms. Ita Shuota, the UNHCR coordinator in the Kurdistan Region said that they will continue coordination and collaboration with the partners to improve and upgrade the shelters to have a long lifespan.
The Kurdistan Region has 39 camps across the Region which hosts around 65,000 families of refugees and IDPs.