Reference : V-P-LB-E-01453
Date : 02/2015
Country/Region : LEBANON
Caption : Tripoli, Bab al-Tabbaneh. After the last virulent clashes that erruped in the city, the ICRC is responding by replacing windows and glass doors.
Photographer : BAYDOUN, Hussein
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : News release on ICRC website, 11.02.2015: “Lebanon: Strengthening the resilience of communities affected by violence.
Windows of opportunity. The last virulent clashes that erupted in Bab al-Tabbaneh in October 2014 forced many people to flee. They came back to scenes of destruction. Buildings, windows and doors had been smashed, leaving families with little hope of getting through the cold winter months without bitter hardship.
In the worst-affected areas, between Nasri mosque and Asmar square, the ICRC is responding by replacing windows and glass doors. As Dina Haijar, an ICRC engineer stresses, "Since people can barely afford to pay for their most basic needs, the destruction was also a real financial blow. We have contracted three small companies from the area - whose businesses were adversely affected by the recurrent rounds of violence - to carry out the repairs."
The rehabilitation of some 320 homes is of benefit to 1,850 people. "I am old and cold and have no husband to support me" says a widow in her sixties who has just had her new windows installed under the supervision of Dina and other ICRC delegates. "You are more than welcome anytime. Do you have a husband for me too?" she grins and we burst out laughing. There is still room for laughter and jokes in Bab al-Tabanneh, no matter how hard life is there.”
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