Libya Humanitarian Appeal September 2014 – February 2015

Originally published


331,302 Displaced and population at risk

  • 287,318 internally displaced
  • 36,984 refugees
  • 7,000 migrants

The recent clashes in the capital city of Tripoli and several other areas of the country represent the most serious outbreak of armed conflict since the Libyan revolution in 2011. The use of heavy weaponry in densely populated areas by all conflicting sides, particularly in the capital, resulted in scores of civilians killed and displacement as civilians tried to escape the fighting. An estimated 287,318 people have been displaced within and around Tripoli and Benghazi. At least 100,000 people are known to have crossed the borders into neighboring countries. Furthermore, since 13 July 2014 the conflict also obliged the vast majority of the international community present in Libya, including the United Nations, to temporarily withdraw from the country.

The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has identified top priorities for immediate response for life-saving protection and humanitarian assistance in the shape of health in emergencies, food assistance, non-nonfood items (NFIs), hygiene kits and mine action activities, based on the needs identified on the ground for displaced and conflict-affected persons, host communities, migrants, refugees and vulnerable persons.

The Libya Humanitarian Appeal sets out the groundwork for a humanitarian response in the country based on 3 strategic objectives that will guide sector-specific action and response, the Appeal targets internally displaced people, migrants/refugees, vulnerable groups in need and affected host communities inside Libya.

Following the UN Security Council Resolution 2174 (2014) and a ceasefire agreement from the main parties to the conflict, it is hoped that this will lead to an increased humanitarian space and thus provide secure access to conflict-affected areas. It is also hoped that agencies will be able to return to Libya in the very near future.

However, the situation in Libya remains fluid and a variety of factors could affect the security situation. Agencies as part of the appeal are exploring possible scenarios and response should the security situation deteriorate.

Agencies will continue to work in partnership with national and international partners listed in the appeal (see page 10) and who have presence in the country and through agency national staff where applicable, and will further strengthen these partnerships should security condition delay return. The plan will be upgraded with more information particularly on people in need, their locations including figures, and more specifically the situation regarding host communities, once the security situation permits and an assessment mission can be deployed, a mission is currently scheduled to take place on 17 October 2014, security permitting.