Bilasuvar Camp Community
A community center was
recently opened in March 1999 at the Bilasuvar camp
for Azerbaijan's internal refugees. Bilasuvar is one of numerous
camps near the southern border close to Iran that houses several
thousand refugees (out of Azerbaijan's near million). Exxon Azerbaijan
Operating Company funded the center's construction.
Photo: Noruz Celebration in
front of the new Bilasuvar Community Center sponsored by Exxon.
The first event
at the newly built community center was a wedding for two couples
from each of the two regions from which the refugees of this
camp originated-Fuzuli and Jabrayil. President Heydar Aliyev
honored the event by attending the ceremony, as did Deputy Prime
Minister Ali Hasanov and representatives from Exxon and the Red
Cross. Construction of the community center is part of a long-term
sustainable program funded by Exxon to help improve the living
conditions in refugee camps until the people can be relocated
to their homes. International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies (IFRCRC) has been commissioned to build numerous
community centers in Bilasuvar, Sabirabad and Saatli that will
be used for projects related to women, vocational training, sports,
libraries, and kindergartens. The residents of each camp are
employed to help build the facilities.
Kaynat Youth Center held a week-long series of Noruz holiday
celebrations for refugee children funded by a grant from Exxon.
The celebrations took place at the Nizami Movie Theater on March
20-25. About 5,000 refugee children were bused in to Baku from
Saatli, Imishli, Kurdamir, Hajgabul and other regions. The children
enjoyed concerts, games, holiday gifts and traditional Noruz
sweets. Also in January, Exxon sponsored a New Year's Concert
with Azerbaijan Children's Organization for 2,000 refugee children.
Left: The first major event
there was the wedding of two couples: Tugay Rezayev and Aygun
Guliyeva (from Fuzuli) and Azer Javadov and Kifayat Muradova
Right: President Heydar Aliyev
attended the event. March 99.
Grant for Water
gave a $200,000 grant to the International Federation of Red
and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCRC) in December 1998 to supply
clean water and educational materials to the internal refugees
living in Bilasuvar, Sabirabad and Saatli. These camps in the
southern region shelter 20,000 refugees, including more than
5,000 children. Exxon is providing potable water for drinking
and cooking, as well as textbooks, notebooks and other educational
From Azerbaijan International (7.1) Spring 1999.
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