2019 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (January - December 2019)


TOTAL POPULATION OF LIBYA 6.6M Libyans + 0.67M Migrants/Refugees






Seven years of instability and insecurity have taken their toll on the wellbeing of many children, women and men in Libya.

Each passing year people struggle to withstand the impacts of the crisis that has destabilized the country, put them in harm’s way, driven up food prices, and ravaged the economy.

Libya is now producing well over one million barrels of oil a day. However, this has not yet translated into tangible benefits for people. Many Libyans get poorer every year. Basic health and education services decay, and frustrated citizens cannot understand why oil production and increased government revenue does not lead to improved living standards, security and well-being for all in Libya.

Vulnerable people and families are unable to afford food, water, and basic household items and are forced to resort to taking desperate measures and adopting degrading coping mechanisms just to get through these difficult times.

Refugees and migrants face grave human rights violations and abuses in the absence of rule of law, many of them young people from sub-Saharan Africa looking for opportunities to work and for a better life. They face high risks of arbitrary detention and exploitation, often simply because of the colour of their skin.

As Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya this is the second Humanitarian Response Plan I have launched. During that time partners have kept making important progress increasing humanitarian access, building strong relations and partnerships with national and local organisations, and opening up to civil society.

Moving forward into 2019 we have a better understanding of the humanitarian situation in Libya than ever before, which has enabled us to build a response plan based on strong evidence. We intend to support the most severely affected and vulnerable people, many of whom are in the South. We will continue to support Libyans struggling to access essential services and basic household items, we will work closely with development partners and together help displaced people get back to their homes and support them in rebuilding their lives, and we will continue to address the plight of refugees and migrants who need our protection and assistance.

Ultimately, the future of Libya is very much in the hands of the Libyans. Progress on the political, security and economic reform are essential in ensuring sustainable pathways to stability and peace, and many efforts are ongoing in this regard. But right now, while people are suffering, it is absolutely critical that the international community work together with national partners to make sure vulnerable people are supported and protected.

Maria do Valle Ribeiro, Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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