UNHCR gives YR 21, 5 million to local authorities in Haradh
A new library and computer classes are among the new activities that will be funded by UNHCR in the Haradh District north in Yemen. The YR 21,5 million donation was announced by UNHCR representative Naveed Hussain during a two-day mission to the district. With this donation, UNHCR will have spent YR 728 million in Haradh so far this year.
As host to over 100.000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Haradh in Hajjah Governorate in the north of Yemen is facing tremendous challenges. On 7 and 8 October, UNHCR representative Naveed Hussain visited Haradh to highlight the serious humanitarian situation in Haradh and Yemen in general.
Praise for the local community
Upon arrival in Haradh, the Representative met with
Ameen Al-Qudami, Deputy Governor and Secretary General of the Local Council of Hajjah, and Ahmed Abdu Shedaiwa, Head of Haradh District and of the Local Council in Haradh. In the meeting, Mr. Hussain noted that UNHCR values the major role played by local authorities and the host community in Haradh in alleviating the plight of the IDPs despite the challenges. He also took the opportunity to express strong support for the host community and local authorities in the district.
“UNHCR provides whatever is possible, to help local authorities meet the basic needs including education and health for both IDPs and the host community in the area,” said Mr. Hussain. “UNHCR also advocates with the international community to support Yemen to overcome its challenges and continue to fulfil its international commitments during this critical period.”
Mr. Hussain urged the international community to pay more attention to the protracted displacement situation and increasing humanitarian needs in the northern parts of Yemen. “Hajjah and Sa’ada governorates must get more support from the international community,” he said.
One of several stops along the way was the ground-breaking for the construction of two new clinics to be built in UNHCR managed Al Mazrak I IDP camp. Through funding from the French Government, the clinic will have 8 beds for women and 8 for men, as well as a delivery room. The new clinic comes in addition to a hospital that was renovated and opened by UNHCR in Sa’ada in 2011. The clinic will also provide medical services for the host community.
Another highlight of the visit was a visit to the CSSW premises, one of UNHCR’s partners in Haradh. They run income-generating projects and English language classes for women and girls in the IDPs and host community.
“These activities constitute a key element in strengthening the educational capacity of the society, especially women,” said Mr. Hussain during his visit.
Protection and services
UNHCR has been building the capacity of local authorities in Haradh and provided support that extends to the IDP and host community, which includes the recent contribution of generators to 14 schools, a generator for the Local Council building, and a generator for the Youth Club. New funds will be used to establish a library, computer classes and English lessons. UNHCR has also built 90 huts for IDPs and 12 for extremely vulnerable individuals from the host community. The huts will replace the tents that the IDPs were previously living in.
UNHCR’s Field Office in Haradh was opened in 2009, in response to the internal displacement situation stemming from the protracted conflict in Sa’ada. Through the Field Office, UNHCR provides protection and a broad range of services to IDPs in Hajjah governorate and maintains two IDP camps in Haradh.
Time for solutions
There are now more than 300,000 IDPs in the northern part of Yemen. Around 75 percent of these are concentrated in Hajjah and Sa’ada, where they live in camps, settlements, or with local host families. While some 30,000 IDPs have registered their return, Mr. Hussain stressed the need for durable solutions for the remaining IDPs.
“Many of the IDPs have been displaced several times and no longer have effective access to their places of origin, to basic services, their land and properties. It is imperative to find long-term solutions that make it possible for these people to rebuild their lives in dignity and safety.”