Tuesday, 31 March 2009

A caravan for each widow

The Iraqi government is offering a 40-square-meter caravan for each displaced family headed by a widow in a newly erected makeshift camp in the eastern side of the capital, Baghdad, the UN IRINnews reports.

The Head of Baghdad council’s displacement committee, Mazin al-Shihan, told IRIN that each caravan contains two bedrooms, a living room, a toilet and kitchen.

The camp, which is a twin for another one erected last year in Baghdad's western side, has a 500-KVA generator, washing facilities and a sewage system. It is designed to house 150 families.

IRIN's story also published for the first time an official statistic, issued by Iraqi Planning Ministry, for the number of widows in this war-plagued country.

It is about 900,000 nationwide.