Internally displaced persons and returnees in Libya, April 2018 [EN/AR]

Situation Report
Originally published


Key figures:

165,478 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

341,534 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2018)

8,399 IDPs and returnees received non-food items (61,323 in 2017) by UNHCR

12,320 IDPs and returnees received cash-based assistance (14,558 in 2017) by UNHCR

Situation Update

Civilians across Libya, especially internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees, continue to face critical protection challenges. Access to medical healthcare, medicines, and essential goods and services, including shelter, water and sanitation, are the most critical needs. Many medical facilities have been destroyed and essential medicines are often unavailable. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of people living in major cities are at high risk of serious injury due to explosive remnants of war and unexploded ordnance. The most vulnerable people have few or no coping mechanisms to protect and support themselves. Access to essential household goods such as food has been reduced due to insecurity, inflation and limited cash availability.
While many have spontaneously returned to their homes, other IDP communities are unable or unwilling to return due to the destruction of their homes, insecurity and the lack of proper resources. For example, more than 40,000 IDPs from the Tawergha community, displaced since August 2011, remain scattered across Libya, in settlements and urban locations.