Contribution to the ICRC Appeal for Libya 2017
Improving the living conditions of most vulnerable people in Libya, including IDPs, host communities and migrants.
Essential household items:
up to 2,700 most vulnerable people / 450 households, including female-headed households, IDPs, host communities and migrants are able to meet their basic needs. They receive essential household items, such as mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets and hygiene items.
up to 2,400 most vulnerable people / 400 Households, including female-headed households, IDPs, host communities and migrants receive enough food (including pasta, tomato paste, oil, sugar, tea) for two meals per day for a month to cover their basic nutritional needs; when feasible, it will be considered to provide some of these households with cash instead of in-kind assistance.
Migrants benefit from improved material detention conditions through ad hoc ICRC assistance to places of detention, including hygiene kits and minor Water and Habitat interventions.
In addition, migrants are linked with their family relatives through phone calls.
The ICRC Appeal is targeting in total 214.000 civilians (residents, IDPs, migrants in all regions of the country), as well as four hospitals (in Benghazi, Misrata, Sabha and Tripoli) and one physical rehabilitation project in cooperation with Misrata University). Special focus will be put on female heads of households, especially women looking after several children. The Austrian contribution can be used to reach approximately 5,100 most vulnerable people.
The ICRC has 4 offices and 4 warehouses in Libya - ICRC delegation in Tripoli, sub-delegations in Misrata and Benghazi and an ICRC office in Sabha - as well as a support unit in Tunis and implements activities in Libya in close cooperation with the Libyan Red Crescent Society.
Essential household items:
-distribute essential household items, including mattresses, blankets, jerry cans and hygiene items to up to 2,700 civilians / 450 households;
-distribute food (including pasta, tomato paste, oil, sugar, tea) to up to 2,400 civilians / 400 Households enough for two meals per day for a month (when feasible, consider providing some of these households with cash instead of in-kind assistance.
- assess the living conditions and treatment of migrants in 4 immigration detention centres and discuss them with authorities
- visit migrants in 4 immigration detention centres, offer services to restore links to their families through phone calls, and provide hygiene items and clothes as needed and appropriate.
- Carry out minor repairs to essential water and sanitation infrastructure, including in immigration detention
The violence in Libya is a constant threat to the safety and welfare of civilians. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and are unable to return to their original communities. The growing presence and the activities of radicalized armed groups contribute to the deterioration of the security situation. Owing to the security risk, comparatively few international organizations are present in Libya.
There are three government bodies competing for power and legitimacy: a “government of national accord” based in Tripoli and backed by the UN and the wider international community; another government body also based in Tripoli; and a third based in Tobruk. The ICRC holds contact to all parties and has access to all regions in Libya.
Migrants use Libya as a point of transit to Europe, emboldened by the country’s porous borders and lack of official security structure. Having entered Libya, many migrants face arrest and other forms of hardship. The arrested migrants are held in government controlled centers and informal detention centers held by armed groups and criminal gangs. Crimes and other abuses against migrants passing through Libya have been reported.
IDPs, residents and migrants have to contend with high prices for essential commodities, and unreliable or inadequate provision of basic services.
The total amount appealed for is 22. 309 Mio CHF (approx.. 20,9 Mio EUR).