Stories of displacement: Hussein
‘’When we first arrived to the school, we found only abandoned walls.’’ This was the prospect of shelter that Hussein Ali Owda and his family found after fleeing ISIL in their home of Tikrit’s western desert.
They left their home with around 30 other families, bringing only a few clothes with them, and headed towards the school looking for shelter. “It was a very dark night when we came to the school,’’ added Hussein.
The school had no access to water, electricity, hygiene; it was full of garbage and Hussein and his family had to rely on neighbors to access bathrooms and showers.
With the support of the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, IOM has been able to assist the families with a range of initiatives, including providing access to electricity, hot water, water tanks, sanitation, doors, windows and wooden partitions. In addition to site renovations and upgrades, the families have also received blankets, mattresses and heaters.