Nov 2 2013
By Adel Kadhem
Azzaman, November 2, 2013
The slums in Baghdad outskirts are not fit for human residence nonetheless they house 1.6 million people, according to Baghdad Governor Ali al-Tamimi.
Tamimi said Baghdad, which is home to more than six million people, suffers from a chronic housing shortage and lacks the resources to offer decent homes for the slum dwellers.
Tamimi made the remarks during a meeting with U.N.’ Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Iraq Jacqueline Badcok.
“The Province (of Baghdad) suffers from a noticeable increase in the number of slums due to the lack of housing units and aggravating housing crisis,” Tamimi was reported as telling Badcok. “There are 1.6 million citizens who live in these slums.”
He said his administration was trying its best but “the province’s budget cannot afford meeting citizens’ needs.”
Tamimi said there was a shortage in school buildings, drinking water and the provision of other public amenities in Baghdad and its suburbs.
“The province is in need of nearly 3000 new school buildings,” he said.
Badcok was reported as telling Tamimi that the United Nations was willing to offer “consultancy and expertise in the drawing up of strategies, plans and the execution of projects.”
The U.N. official urged Tamimi to pay more attention to the slum dwellers and have them resettled in decent homes.
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