Fifty-year-old Abdul Malek AlNajjar is one of over 355,000 internally displaced people who had to leave their homes in Homs city due to the conflict that raged in the city.
Like countless others, Abdul Malek and his family had to flee in May 2012 due to the fierce fighting and they were internally displaced multiple times inside the city. An electrician supporting his wife and four children, Abdul Malek also lost his business and was forced to become a daily labourer. “Living in a shelter is not the same as permanent house. It was particularly difficult for my wife and children,” he said.
In mid-2017, after the fighting in Homs city had ended, residents were gradually able to return. But many discovered that their homes have been damaged or destroyed, requiring substantial repair, in an environment striped of resources. “I thought of returning to my neighbourhood, but it was just a mass of destruction, sadness and grief-- conditions in which it was impossible to live,” Abdul Malek added. He and his family also contemplated the idea of travelling abroad, but did not have enough money to do so.
As the conflict in Homs city subsided, the Syria Humanitarian Fund (SHF) stepped up its efforts to support rehabilitation of destroyed houses and to help rebuild the city’s community. The Al-Inshat Association is one of the non-governmental organizations funded by SHF to deliver the much-needed rehabilitation of 350 damaged houses, as well as improve housing and public infrastructures.
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The Al-Inshat Association worked hard to rehabilitate homes in Homs city. Credit: Al-Inshat Association/Homs/Syria/2017
“When the Al-Inshat organization started assessing the damages, I felt that there was still hope for me to return to my house,” said Abdul Maleh. He went ahead and registered his name.
The rehabilitation works started in August 2017 and included re-building of walls, plastering and wooden/electrical/plumbing works. Abdul Maleh and his family eventually returned to their house. “Now I can sleep contently and wish that every IDP can return to their house,” he concluded.