Polish Minister for Refugees and Humanitarian Aid, Beata Kempa, (in the middle) at the press briefing at DSV in Gdansk just before the shelters were loaded on to 10 trucks and began their journey to Mosul. The structure in the background is a “Better Shelter”.
The donation of 500 temporary shelters, worth approximately EUR 700,000, was part of the celebrations for Poland’s 100 years of independence. DSV Poland was hired to transport the shelters with a total weight of 88 tons to war-torn Mosul in Northern Iraq. The distance from Gdansk to Mosul is 4,000 kilometres, and the 10 trucks used for the job are expected to arrive at their destination in early December. The final distribution of the shelters to eligible families will be handled by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).
“We are very proud that we were chosen to handle this specific project. It is more important than usual to ensure that each delivery is complete as there is no easy way of supplementing missing screws, tailored fittings or other essential parts,” says Maciej Walenda, Executive Vice President, and continues: “Arriving in Mosul, the shelters will be reloaded and transported in convoys to their final destinations – and to families who have spent the last months in refugee camps under very difficult conditions. Receiving such a shelter provides hope for the future for these families.”
About Better Shelter
The shelters were created by Better Shelter, IKEA and UNHCR in cooperation. Better Shelter is a cost effective and sustainable shelter solution that allows for easy adaption to different conditions and thus suited for use in disaster areas. These temporary shelters are made of fire-resistant polyurethane components, easy to assemble and equipped with solar panels and are expected to be able to last for three to five years. Each house is 17.5 square metres and able to accommodate five people. The modular design makes it easy to combine several shelters and create a larger entity for other purposes such as schools or hospitals.
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