Tuesday, 15 January 2019 09:07

Sri Lanka’s first fully UAE funded IDP ‘resettlement city’ opens

The first ever re-settlement city for Sri Lankan displaced persons fully funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was opened on January 13 in Mannar. The new facility goes beyond being a mere group of new houses to integrate many infrastructures of a small city.

“UAE has been a longstanding friend of Sri Lanka. As the Minister of Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons The ruler of UAE Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and especially UAE’s Charitable Donor Abdul Rahim Fateh Ali Abdul Al Khaja has extended his hands of friendship to the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) of Sri Lanka” said the Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons & Cooperative Development Rishad Bathiudeen . Minister Bathiudeen was addressing the launch of 120 house-Sheikh Zayed resettlement city for IDPs. Minister Bathiudeen was joined by resettling IDPs and representatives of UAE Donor Abdul Al Khaja. This totally UAE donor funded resettlement city is the first such single donor funded total re-settlement facility in Sri Lanka and was granted for the displaced people of
Sheikh Zayed City is not just a collection of only 120 new houses for the displaced but has a shopping complex, community hall and a mosque, all of which were given by Abdul Al Khaja on Minister Bathiudeen’s personal appeal on behalf of the IDPs to UAE’s Donor Abdul Al Khaja.


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