A new initiative to rebuild partially destroyed homes in Raqqa has taken off with the support of international organisations.
In the city of Raqqa in eastern Syria, international organisations are playing a role in the rehabilitation of the city following its liberation from ISIS control in October 2017. The international organisations are coordinating with the Raqqa Civil Council, the civilian body that is currently managing the city’s governance and reconstruction. A recent initiative, the “Shelter Project”, launched by some international organisations, in association with the civil council, is aimed at rehabilitating hundreds of partially destroyed homes in the city to ease the suffering over at least 3,000 people.
“Some organisations have rehabilitated some houses in some neighbourhoods. The first neighbourhood to be rehabilitated was the Intifada neighbourhood where 30-40% of the partially destroyed houses were rehabilitated,” said Ibrahim Mahmoud, an official in the aid office in the Raqqa Civil Council. “The minimum value granted by the organisation is $300, and the highest is $1200.”
Amongst those who will benefit from this grant is Kafaa’, a resident of Raqqa whose husband was killed by a mine, and whose house was destroyed by the bombings.
“An organisation helped me to rebuild the house, but it still needs windows and doors,” said Kafaa. Like thousands of homes in Raqqa, Kafaa’s house only requires minimal repairs that will deem it livable once again. According to the civil council, rehabilitation of these partially destroyed homes is one of the most important service projects in the city, as it will allow the return of many people. Furthermore, the civil council along with international organisations are attempting to launch many projects throughout the city that include mine clearances and the rehabilitation of roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
While the civil council has been working on rebuilding Raqqa since its liberation from ISIS, the city, which was taken by ISIS as its de-facto capital in Syria, is in need of much attention as reconstruction has not reached many parts of the city.
This lack of comprehensive reconstruction has been blamed by many on the lack of a political solution for the country’s crisis. While there seems to be no solution for the crisis in the foreseeable future, reconstruction efforts have not halted and are ongoing in many of the stable cities throughout the country.