21 January 2013

Somalia: Govt to Relocate IDPs

Somalia's Interior and National Security Ministry has announced plans to relocate thousands of displaced families living in camps all across Mogadishu.

Interior and National Security Minister, Abdikarim Hussein Guled, made the announcement after meeting representatives of both local and international aid agencies. Mogadishu municipality has already started the work of rehabilitation of the capital and the government has begun the process of renovating badly ruined state buildings and offices.

Muslim countries, among them Turkey and Iran, have started the returning displaced people to their homes since the United Nations declared an end to famine in the South and Central regions of the country. The Iranian Red Crescent has resettled hundreds of families and equipped them with sufficient aid to last them for several months.

The displaced remaining in and around Mogadishu  have welcomed the government's decision and called for immediate resettlement from the congested camps. The government plans on providing food rations, clean drinking water as well as free education and healthcare to the returning families.

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