Restoring Life and Coexistence in Abra
HFSHD was the leading actor in managing the crisis at the local and national levels in its efforts to hinder its impact. The armed conflicts in Abra resulted in vast damages in the area surrounding the Bilal Bin Rabah mosque including 620 homes, 450 damaged cars and 120 shops. With its deep experience in crisis management and rescue missions, HFSHD played a leading role in the reconciliation and restoration process once the conflict has ended preventing serious social and political repercussions.
HFSHD in partnership with the Municipality of Saida contracted GENECO Company to reconstruct and renovate the buildings and houses, making sure to preserve the identity and original design of the buildings. The renovation was totally completed in a record time and residents were able to return to their homes gradually starting the first month. The restoration and renovation process was completed in the shortest period of three months, promoting a unique model of public-private and civil society partnership and further positioning HFSHD as a leader in crisis management.
The renovation also included basic infrastructure works providing direct and timely access to water and electricity to residents that stayed in the area. HFSHD provided water containers to the residents and coordinated with the electricity institution to fix all affected electricity cables. In addition, HFSHD supported people which homes were burnt during the incidents with needed rental fees until their homes were restored. In addition, HFSHD provided all the manpower and equipment to clean out the debris and burnt cars from the streets.
In partnership with the social committee in Abra that was previously created by HFSHD and the Higher Relief Council, an office was opened in Abra to facilitate the registration and mapping of all the property damages. The committee is still meeting and is now a reference for the residents who want to complain about any problem, follow up on any maintenance issue, as well as act as the link between the municipality and the local community thus enhancing the social fabric in the village.
In Parallel, Mrs. Bahia Hariri, initiated a legal committee composed of 42 lawyers to defend the detainees in the armed conflicts and follow up their cases in order to help the deluded youth to stay away from violence and armed conflicts.’