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25 May 2018 description

Humanitarian response to the needs of individuals escaping smugglers and traffickers in Bani Walid

In the night of Wednesday to Thursday, 23-24 May 2018, approximately 140 individuals from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia managed to escape captivity from the notorious trafficker Mousa Diab in Bani Walid.

01 May 2018 description

Mixed Migration Working Group members respond to a humanitarian emergency concerning 800 refugees and migrants detained in the Zwara detention centre.

08 Mar 2018 description

About 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered by UNHCR are in Libya, the main crossing point from Africa to Europe

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, March 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An emergency plan to evacuate refugees from dangerous prisons in Libya has stalled because European countries are taking too long to resettle them, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

28 Feb 2018 description

The Event Tracker is part of IOM Libya’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) programme. DTM is a suite of tools that provide a comprehensive articulation of Libya’s human mobility patterns. The Event Tracker is a biweekly tool collecting and triangulating information on the whole of Libya on any incidents related to IDPs, returnees and migrants, especially in regards to large population movements updates on border closures and new routes. For more information visit www.globaldtm.info/libya.

27 Feb 2018 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 26 February 2018

The European Union is adopting today three new programmes worth over €150 million under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, directly following up on the commitments made by the Joint African Union – European Union – United Nations Task Force to address the migrant situation in Libya.

The new programmes complement ongoing efforts of the European Union to protect migrants and provide them with sustainable reintegration options in Libya, along the Central Mediterranean Route and in Ethiopia.

14 Feb 2018 description

Tripoli - At nearly 3:00am on 14 February, a truck accident occurred, leaving 19 people dead and 49 people injured near Bani Waleed in Libya. The migrants on board reported that 180 people were crammed into the truck's cargo containers. They also said that the smugglers' truck crashed when it drove into a large hole in the road; overloaded with people, it became unbalanced. Out of the total migrants involved, approximately 138 were Eritrean, while the remaining were Somali and Ethiopian.

14 Feb 2018 description

On February 14 at 3:00 AM, a large truck used by smugglers to transport migrants from the As Saddadah (60 km south-east of Bani Waleed) to Tarhuna, was involved in a car accident causing the death of 19 migrants and injuring 49 more migrants. Out of the 180 migrants involved, 138 were Eritreans while the remaining were Somalis and Ethiopians.

Out of the 19 reported victims, 4 were children, 1 was an adult woman and 14 adult men. The wounded are reportedly: 10 children, 9 adult women and 30 men.

06 Feb 2018 description
report UN News Service

5 février 2018 – Après le lancement le 25 janvier de l'appel de fonds humanitaire 2018 pour la Libye, la Coordinatrice humanitaire de l'ONU dans le pays, Maria do Valle Ribeiro, poursuit sa tournée européenne à Genève pour attirer l'attention sur « les difficultés rencontrées par les Libyens pour subvenir à leurs besoins fondamentaux ».

04 Feb 2018 description

Key figures

180,937 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

334,662 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 – 2017)

46,730 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya

4,439 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

1,080 monitoring visits to detention centres in 2017 (91 in 2018)

1,428 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention since 2017 (316 in 2018)

12 Jan 2018 description


Today, UNHCR appealed for more resettlement places for refugees after reports of some 160 new deaths on the Mediterranean. UNHCR renewed its appeal for help in saving human lives by offering more resettlement places and other safe alternatives to protection for refugees, including through family reunification. This week alone, some 160 people were reported dead or missing in three separate incidents in the Mediterranean Sea.