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Iraq family holding aid supplies.

Housing Relief

After months in makeshift housing, relatives who fled violence in Iraq at last moved into apartment with electricity and running water when a ministry based in Iraq refurbished and furnished it and paid rent for them. It is a first step toward helping family heads to find jobs so they can take over rent payments. The ministry seeks to provide more than 40 apartments or houses, each unit accommodating either one large family of eight or more or two "relatively close" families. "We pay the rent for these families, some of them for one year and the others for six months, depending on their health," the ministry director said. "The Internally Displaced People's need for these units is great and urgent – we are planning for 40, but still we have hundreds of people who need shelters."

Emergency Housing for Displaced Families in Iraq
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