On May 5, the International Organization for Migration (IOM)-chartered evacuation ship—the Red Star One—returned to Benghazi from Misratah, carrying 1,138 people, including 311 Libyans and 827 foreign nationals. Approximately 78 percent of evacuated foreign nationals were Nigerien. Also among those onboard were 36 injured individuals, four of whom were in critical condition. Anti-ship mines outside Misratah’s harbor and continuous shelling of the port had prevented the ship from docking for five days. By May 4, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had located and cleared two of three known mines, and on May 5 the British Royal Navy destroyed a mine approximately 1 mile from the port—possibly the third mine. Upon arrival in Misratah, IOM unloaded nearly 180 metric tons of humanitarian supplies, including food, non-food items, and medical supplies.
The second meeting of the Contact Group—established in late March to coordinate the international response to the Libyan conflict—was held in Rome on May 5, co-chaired by the governments of Italy and Qatar. Twenty-two countries participated in the meetings, along with representatives from the United Nations, European Union, NATO, Arab League,
Organization of the Islamic Conference, Gulf Cooperation Council, African Union, and the World Bank. During the meeting, the Contact Group agreed the Transitional National Council (TNC) required short-term financial support and announced the establishment of the Temporary Financial Mechanism (TFM), a fund jointly managed by international partners and the TNC to provide eastern Libyan authorities with access to funding for continuation of basic services.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM) is making an additional $6.5 million available to IOM operations in Libya and border areas, including support for evacuations from Misratah.
This contribution brings total U.S. Government (USG) funding for the complex emergency in Libya to $53.5 million. In addition, the USG has provided military in-kind assistance to transport 1,158 Egyptians from Tunisia to Egypt via U.S.
C-130s, valued at nearly $1.1 million.1
On May 5, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) finalized $550,000 in funding to an international non-governmental organization (NGO) to meet humanitarian needs in Libya. The NGO will implement a cash-for-work sanitation program in Benghazi to remove the large piles of garbage that have amassed in some neighborhoods. To help improve the medium-term food security situation, the NGO will also provide emergency inputs—namely chicken feed—to struggling local chicken producers, particularly those affected by fluctuating exchange rates and producers whose inputs formerly came from the central government. USAID/OFDA’s recent contribution will support interventions benefiting approximately 62,000 people.