Benghazi: Supporting internally displaced people in Libya

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The city of Benghazi is one of the most violence-affected city in Libya, and at the same time the main recipient of internally displaced people (IDPs). ACTED teams in Libya are mobilized to bring crucial relief to IDPs in dire need of assistance, thanks to an ECHO-funded project.

In September 2015, ACTED and Civil Initiatives Libya (CIL) conducted a hygiene and baby kits distribution campaign in Benghazi and its surrounding areas, funded by ECHO, within the framework of a humanitarian program to provide emergency support to IDPs in the Eastern region and in the Nafusa Mountain.

Through this project, ACTED provided over 2,500 vulnerable Libyan internally displaced families (i.e. over 13,100 people) with hygiene kits. Furthermore, baby kits were also distributed to enable families with toddlers under 3 years old to provide to the care of their children, and to the Children Hospital and the Disabled Children Center. ACTED and CIL selected beneficiaries among the most vulnerable internally displaced households residing in collective centers (makeshift shelters established in temporary converted schools), or in residential areas in Benghazi, and in the neighboring towns of Tokra, Al Abyar, and Suluq.

The implementation of the project was facilitated thanks to the collaboration of Libaid and the Benghazi Municipal Council (BMC). Indeed, Libaid provided ACTED and CIL with logistical support, making its warehouses available to store the goods and assisted with the distributions. The BMC, on the other hand, facilitated access to and collaboration with local and national authorities.

Even though access to vulnerable populations was limited, ACTED and CIL teams strove to reach as many families as possible and successfully managed to provide assistance to 37% more beneficiaries than was originally planned.

The distributions were well perceived by the beneficiaries. Indeed, 96% of the beneficiaries interviewed expressed their appreciation of the distributions.