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As events continue to unfold in Libya, Merlin is ramping up its work inside the country to take access to health wherever it is needed most.
In February this year, civil war broke out in Libya. Merlin responded immediately and is working tirelessly to treat the victims of the ongoing fighting.
With International agencies like Merlin initially unable to enter Libya, our response focussed on the border between Libya and Tunisia instead, as large numbers of refugees from inside Libya were moving into the area.
Just a few short weeks ago, Richard Field, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Epsom Hospital, was all set to go out to Haiti to help with Merlin’s continuing relief operation in that earthquake-shattered country. But then he received a phone call from a friend and fellow-surgeon who had just been in Libya, assessing the situation at the Libya-Tunisia border.
Richard’s colleague told him a distressing story of injured refugees from the Libyan war who were in desperate need of medical help. Finally, Richard recalls: “He asked if I could help, and I said I was delighted to.”
In February this year, civil war broke out in Libya. Merlin responded immediately and is working tirelessly to treat the victims of the ongoing fighting in Libya and Tunisia.
International agencies like Merlin were unable to enter Libya at first, so Merlin sent its medical teams to the border between Libya and Tunisia.
Tens of thousands of people from inside Libya have fled across the border between the countries since the fighting began in February, putting Tunisian health services under immense strain.