Good to hear the residents are returning home!
1st Cavalry News
Residents returning to their central Baghdad homes, get help to resettle
By Spc. Alexis Harrison
2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div.Public Affairs
BAGHDAD –Thousands of people have come back to the Karkh area after heavy fighting forced them to leave their homes earlier this year.
Governor of Baghdad, Hussain Tahan and commanding general of 5th Brigade, 6th National Police Division commander, Gen. Bahaa, gave 200 million Iraqi dinars to approximately 200 people who came back to the Karkh area during a ceremony held in one of the capital’s governing council buildings July 12.
“It was a ceremony for all the families who came back to the area,” said Hussain. “It was a great reflection of the progress made in the past months. The money was our way of thanking the people for returning and to get them back into their lives.”
Each resident who was verified as being displaced earlier in the year and then returned was granted one million dinars, approximately $667, as a condolence for the hardship they were put through.
One man – who said he was a lifelong resident – had abandoned his home when fighting broke out in December. He said he stayed away until about May when he heard there was peace in his neighborhood.
“After coming back, I noticed a lot of change,” he said. “A lot of bad things and bad people seemed to have disappeared. I cannot thank the government and the Coalition Forces enough for what they’ve done.”
The man said he would use the one million dinars to make small repairs in his home. He said that all the doors and windows in his house were stolen after he left. He hopes the money will help him and his family live a little easier until he finds work.
The governor said that he and his office, along with Gen. Bahaa and the National Police force he controls, are working on several projects to help the community stand back up onto its feet.
He added that his office has enough money for 5000 people and plans to distribute it once a week. Although the process is somewhat extensive to validate peoples’ claims, Hussain said that he hopes the people who deserve it will come forward.
Hundreds of Iraqis, once forced from their homes, arrived to the Baghdad Governing Council Building in the Karkh District for a ceremony held to honor their return July 12. The governor of Baghdad, Hussain Tahan and the 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi National Police commanding general, Gen. Bahaa, awarded one million dinars to each of 200 people who were verified as returning residents. Many residents fled the area earlier this year due to heavy fighting. Those returning are receiving assistance from the local government, in the form of one million dinars, worth nearly $700. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexis Harrison, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)
The commander of the 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi National Police Division, Gen. Bahaa, addresses approximately 200 people attending a ceremony inside the Baghdad Governing Council Building in the Karkh District July 12. Bahaa and the governor of Baghdad, Hussain Tahan, handed out envelopes containing one million dinars, worth nearly $700, to people verified to have been displaced by fighting earlier this year between insurgents and Coalition Forces. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexis Harrison, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)
The governor of Baghdad, Hussain Tahan and the commander of the 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi National Police Division, Gen. Bahaa, hand out envelopes containing one million dinars, approximately $700, to people who returned to the Karkh District in central Baghdad during a ceremony in their honor July 12. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexis Harrison, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)