Residents of Turkish “brick” houses: dilapidated walls and narrow rooms, and some preferred tents (photos)

One of the cement houses of Qah camp, whose construction is being supervised by Turkish organizations

Mustafa Al-Sulaiman (42), a displaced person living in the Mashhad-Rouhin camps near the Syrian-Turkish border, tries to adapt to his new home in one of the housing projects supervised by Turkish organizations in Idlib- governor, northwest Syria.

Mustafa’s family, which consists of eight people, faces many problems in their new housing, due to the narrowness of the cement block or “brick” houses, as the Turks call them, provided to them, which are not 30 square meters, as some of them are forced to sleep in the open outside the house because they cannot stay inside at night.

Mustafa Al-Suleiman told Orient Net that his large family needed an additional house so that they could manage their affairs and within the scope of what he described as “somewhat acceptable” as the cement house provided by Turkish organizations was not is not enough to arrange. his luggage and furniture, so that they can all live within an area of ​​no more than 28 square meters.

He added that the house contains two rooms, each area does not exceed 7.5 square meters, which is not suitable for a family of four compared to his large family.

Mustafa does not hide his intention to return and live in the canvas tents if the situation continues as it is, especially after all his efforts to secure another home for his family have failed, noting that in three large live in tents that they of a better housing environment.

IDPs living in the housing projects supervised by Turkish organizations and institutions complain about the poor quality of these houses and their unfitness for habitation, due to their lack of the minimum elements of precision in architectural and engineering work.

Peace be with you.. and the cost is high

“We hope that winter will not come.” With these words, Rowaida Al-Hamidou (35 years old), a displaced person living in a Turkish housing project near the town of Qah, north of Idlib, sums up her suffering in her life. house, which does not protect her from air depressions and rain, like tents.

Ruwaida says rainwater constantly seeps into the house through the ceiling and walls of the house she lives in, resulting in damage to the house’s furniture and furnishings, which rot quickly due to the high humidity caused by the rain. to cause major health problems for her asthmatic children.

She added that the construction workers estimated an amount of more than $400 to restore and repair the house, which “I cannot handle”, especially in light of the difficult life and economic conditions she is experiencing after the death of her husband last year, in a traffic accident, to become the sole responsible for her four children, and remains without a bond or provider.

She indicated that she informed the camp officials in which she lives of the need to repair the house, which is not suitable for housing in the winter season, but her pleas were not heeded.

According to the statistics of the “Syria Response Coordinators” team, the number of camps in the areas controlled by the “Syrian opposition” amounted to 1,489 camps, in which about 1,512 thousand people live.

dilapidated houses

Radwan Al-Abdullah (35 years), a displaced person living near Deir Hassan camps, north of Idlib, almost lost his life last year after one of the walls of his concrete house collapsed, affected by wind and windstorms is. He suffered several. fractures and severe bruises that left him with difficulty walking and a permanent disability.

Radwan told Orient Net that since he moved into the camp, he noticed the fragility and cracks of the building due to the lack of cement, which gives greater strength and power in the face of climate changes, especially rain, wind. and torrential rain.

But what Radwan did not expect was to remain under the rubble of his house for more than twenty minutes, after one of the outer walls collapsed on him, due to the force of the winds during the miserable incident that prevented and prevented me to move and move easily.

The young man added that the camp he lives in lacks engineering and architectural designs, especially in light of the lack of privacy for the displaced and the residents in these houses whose doors and windows face each other, which making it open and contrary to the building pattern. known to the Syrians.

Mohammed Al-Bashir (38 years old), a construction worker, told Orient Net: “Most of these projects are commercial and do not meet the approved specifications in the construction field, which shows their weakness and lack of efficiency in the face of of winter and storms.

He added that the ratio of concrete and iron in these houses is low compared to the amounts of sand and other materials, which makes them fall and collapse due to their lack of solidity in the required manner, which encourages the residents of these blocks . to repair them at their own expense, for fear of being exposed to the dangers of falling on them and their children, especially after repeated accidents. The fall of the cement blocks built by Turkish organizations and volunteer teams.

In early May, the Turkish president announced the outlines of what he called the “voluntary return” project to return a million Syrians to their country, while stressing that Syrian refugees would not be expelled from his country.

A few days later, the Turkish newspaper Sabah published the details and steps of the project, which it is called (established, living, working), dividing it into two phases. The first phase includes the construction of nearly 100,000 housing units, after clearing the area of ​​terrorist organizations and militias. About 50-60 thousand Syrian refugees are expected to return and live there, according to the newspaper.

As for the second phase, approximately 200-250,000 housing units will be built and equipped, which will house approximately one million refugees.

According to the newspaper, the process of financing the “voluntary return” project will be distributed to various parties, so that the Turkish Emergency Resources Administration will provide infrastructure services, and the cost of building houses will be provided by international organizations, funds and charities. .

However, the photos and reports from inside Syria indicate what each of those interviewed by Orient in this report, namely that the houses under the supervision of Turkish organizations are either preparing for return and voluntarily or those to which the displaced have been transferred is. tents, all carry the specifications The poor quality itself is due to the lack of space, and the poor materials used in the construction.

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