Sudan’s Second Vice-President, Hasabo Abdelrahman, launched a housing project for the displaced in South Darfur’s Kass on Saturday.
Abdelrahman inaugurated “the first 744 residential plots” in Kass locality where new homes will be erected for the displaced from the area.
After his visits to Kass and neighbouring Shattaia, the vice-president told reporters in the state capital of Nyala that it “is more appropriate for the displaced people to live in new houses and being provided with services than in illegal shelters of ten square metres”.
The South Darfur Minister of Urban Planning, Taha Abdallah, stated that the first phase of the housing project for the displaced in the state includes 25,000 residential units in the localities of Kass, Mershing, and Gireida.
During his visit to Kailek in neighbouring Shattaia locality, the vice-president met with a number of the 943 families who recently returned from the camps in Kass, and from the large Kalma camp for the displaced near the state capital of Nyala.
He instructed “the handover of lands to their legitimate owners [the displaced] within two weeks”, and ordered the construction of a model village in the area as well.
Abdelrahman further told the South Darfur Security Committee to start a disarmament campaign in Shattaia.
South Darfur governor Adam El Faki warned that 2018 will be the last year in which the displaced in Darfur have three options concerning their new residences: Either to integrate in new housing projects, in newly-built towns, or to return to their villages of origin.