By Ayman Majid.
Benghazi, 11 August 2015:
Benghazi Municipal Council has been meeting with the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent (ICIC) to . . .[restrict]look into emergency housing for the displaced in the city. The ICIC is a humanitarian aid wing of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and one of its remits is to provide services and care to victims of armed conflicts.
Talks in Benghazi yesterday involving the council and ICIC covered the possibility of creating 500 homes in what would effectively be a model village within the city. According to city councillor Awad Alqawiri, the construction could be supported financially both by the government and from loans by Benghazi businessmen.
Five hundred emergency houses will not significantly reduce the housing crisis in the city. For the past year, fighting has damaged massive numbers of homes. But even before it started, there was a major housing shortage in Benghazi. Had the scores of half-built apartment blocks been finished, it could have made the difference. But they have been left to rot since the revolution and will probably have to be demolished. [/restrict]