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    IOM provides shelter for 128 families

    QALA-I-NAW (PAN): Nearly 130 families, newly returned from Pakistan and Iran, have been helped to build new homes in northwestern Badghis province, officials said on Tuesday.

    The material for the homes; two rooms, a hall and a bathroom, was provided by the Italian government, but residents were responsible for building their own shelters, Abdul Ghani Saberi, the deputy governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    The shelters were built in Ab-i-Kamari district and Qala-i-Naw, the provincial capital, and facilitated by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), he said.

    The construction material included beams, bricks, windows, doors and bathroom items. Each family also received $200 (9,000 afghanis).

    The IOM had carried out a survey to identify 128 families who did not have their own homes or whose homes had been destroyed, and construction materials were distributed eight months ago, director of implementing company, Abdul Hai Sarshar, said.

    Thirty three shelters were constructed in Qala-i-Naw while 95 others were built in Ab-i-Kamari district, he said.

    Noor Mohammad, 32, said that he returned to his district from western Herat province last year, but lived with one of his friends as he did not have a home.

    "Now I have solved my shelter problem and I also received $200," he said.

    Aisha, 37, a widow who lost her husband four years ago, said she was happy to have a new home.

    The IOM also provided 130 shelters for internally displaced people last year in Ab-i-Kamari and Maqur districts of the province.