UNHCR and HDC were given a tour of a section of Mahad IDP by community leaders. The section had been razed by a strong fire starting around 7 p.m on 3rd of April 2016.
Among the hazards involved in living in close quarters in an IDP camp is that housing material is highly flammable, spatial restrictions force families to live in high density, and are likely to store highly combustible substances in their homes.
While it isn't clear what set it off, the fire ravaged through Mahad IDP camp with a force that made locals suspect it had been ignited around a vessel storing petrol. So powerful was the blaze that nothing but ash where the shetlers stood. Quick action by 10 households who took off the protective sheeting on their shelters stopped the fire spreading further. Still, by the time it had been quenched, 36 households had lost their shelters, and with them valuable property, documents, and their sense of security.
It is a blessing that the community spirit furnished them through the night, and in the subsequent days. HDC and UNHCR responded to the call for help from the community, and pledged to quickly restore the victims of the fire to their previous accommodation.