UN Official Visits Temporary Housing Centers in Damascus

Delegation inspects capital's temporary housing centers to evaluate the requirements and needs of displaced people

UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Chaloka Beyani and an accompanying delegation inspected temporary housing centers in Damascus and its countryside on Saturday.

In a statement to journalists, Beyani said that the goal of the visit was to evaluate the requirements and needs of displaced people, their living conditions, and available resources in order to figure out how to provide as much aid to them as possible.

Beyani noted that most of the needs of the residents in these centers are being provided, but some other centers may require aid that isn’t being supplied.

Speaking to Syria’s state news agency SANA, Director of the Social Affairs Directorate in Damascus Countryside Fatima Rashid said there are currently 242 temporary housing centers in the province, in addition to 132 government-run centers, stressing that the Directorate is working hard to provide all essential, medical, psychological, and social services to residents.

Rashid added the Directorate is working with civil and official sides to provide food packages every 45 days along with the requirements of people with special needs, such as wheelchairs and similar equipment.


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