In June, IOM completed 14 infrastructure rehabilitation projects in eight locations across CAR (Bouar, Carnot, Sibut, Kaga Bandora, Ndélé, Kabo, Ngoumbélé, and Bria) including classrooms, bridges, a butchery, and local government premises. The rehabilitations were undertaken by the PBSO-funded project assisting the relocation and reinsertion of former combatants, specifically Ex-Séléka, from three cantonment sites in Bangui to their communities of origin or choice.
Working with the United Nations Mission (MINUSCA) and Defense and Territorial Administration, the project aims to contribute to improved security in the capital and provide alternatives to former combatants in a context of community reconciliation and stabilization.
The infrastructure projects provided short-term employment and an initial income for former combatants and other vulnerable community members in areas of return and contributed to the rehabilitation of basic community infrastructure, much of it in disrepair. The selection of the projects followed a consultation process involving local government and community leaders.
In Boaur, a town in Nana-Mambéré Province, local government leaders, UN agencies, NGOs, community leaders, local media, and residents celebrated the completion of six rehabilitated classrooms at a handover ceremony held at the Lycee Moderne de Bouar.
“These rehabilitated classrooms are a significant improvement for our community,” said Ali Ahoudou-Moumini, the Mayor of Bouar, “and a much-needed improvement for the students of Lycee Moderne.”
So far, IOM has held ceremonies in Sibut, Kaga Bandoro, N’délé, Bouar, Ngoumbélé and Carnot to officially hand over completed projects. Ceremonies are planned for Kabo and Bria in early July.