Humanitarian aid urgently needed in north-western Libya

6 April, 2011
9 March 2011, Saloum Land Port, Egypt. Water Distribution. Credit: UNICEF
9 March 2011, Saloum Land Port, Egypt. Water Distribution. Credit: UNICEF

As hostilities continue, there is a dire need for humanitarian aid and increased access to conflict-affected areas of north-western Libya. The humanitarian community is concerned about support for health facilities and protecting civilians from gender-based violence and human rights violations.

The landmine situation in Libya is of particular concern. Reports show that new mines have been laid by Qaddafi forces, and Libyans are removing them by hand. At the moment, there is no effective coordination for reporting and documenting landmine hazards in the country due to the security situation in Libya and the lack of available capacity. Community-based campaigns are needed to sensitize populations to the dangers of landmines, unexploded ordnance and abandoned weapons.

As part of the humanitarian response, International Medical Corps (IMC) is delivering essential medicines and supplies in areas directly and indirectly affected by conflict. IMC is evaluating mechanisms to provide medical care for casualties of fighting in Misrata. The NGO Libyan Appeal Team is supporting food security in Benghazi and eastern Libya with projects like promotion of animal husbandry and support of a local pasta factory.

According to OCHA's last report, over 13,000 people remain stranded in camps and at transit points in Tunisia, Egypt, Niger and Algeria along the Libyan border. Aid agencies report that the majority of needs at these sites are being met, but additional support is needed for the repatriation of third-country nationals who have fled the fighting in Libya. The $310 million Flash Appeal for the Libyan Crisis is currently only 36.5 per cent funded with an additional $1.4 million pledged.

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