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 Press release - New Rehabilitation and Repatriation Project launched in the liberated area of Fizuli District (IFRC)

 Press release date: 20.11.2001

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED
CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES

DELEGATION IN AZERBAIJAN

New Rehabilitation and Repatriation Project launched in the liberated area of Fizuli District

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has been finalizing the final phase of the two-years Fizuli Repatriation and Rehabilitation Programme. The Pilot Project started in March 1999 with funding support from TACIS, ECHO, Japanese Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross and the Swiss Government through the Swiss Red Cross Society. The Project was designed to facilitate the return of about 170 internally displaced families (IDPs) settled in seven camps in Sabirabad, Saatli, Bilasuvar to their places of origin in the liberated Shukurbeyli village of Fizuli district.

To-date, 167 houses had been reconstructed and 150 families have already returned to Shukurbeyli. Given the long-term period (8 years) that the IDPs had been living in Southern camps dependent on assistance from outside, the Repatriation Programme has given them a unique chance to change their lives fundamentally. For the returning IDP families the implemented Repatriation/Rehabilitation Programme has transformed their life from dependency to self-sustainability.

The Federation also designed income generation projects to offer some self-sustainability prospect to the returnees. These projects were mainly accomplished by provision of loans to the Internally Displaced families who had returned to Shukurbeyli upon rehabilitation of their houses. So far, a total of 112 loans were issued. The average amount of loans granted is about $1000. Most of the loans were aimed at support of agricultural activities, animal husbandry and other small-scale business activities.

The funding for the reconstruction activities within the final phase of the Fizuli Repatriation and Rehabilitation Programme was secured by the German Government through the German Red Cross. The Swedish Government through the Swedish Red Cross funded community development activities.

A similar rehabilitation / repatriation project funded by the Norwegian Government through the Norwegian Red Cross, SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and the Swedish Government through the Swedish Red Cross has just started in Alkhanli village of Fizuli. The new Project will make it possible return of some 140 IDP families originated from Alkhanli, which currently live in the Southern camps.

Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society (AzRC) has been closely involved in design and implementation of the programme. It is envisaged that AzRCS will eventually take over the similar projects with little or no external assistance in the future.

For more information, please contact Nigar Garibova at the Information Department of the Azerbaijan Delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Tel: (99 4 12) 92 57 92 Fax: (99 4 12) 97 18 89
E-mail: nigar@ifrc.azeurotel.com


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