Libya Situation Report #5, 24 November 2015

Situation Report
Originally published





  • Since November 2014, through its emergency operation, WFP has provided 2,700 mt of assorted food assistance in Libya to assist over 250,000 beneficiaries cumulatively.

  • The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) was released on 20 November. The HRP provides the latest overview of the needs, as well as the actions and funding required to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis in Libya. The HRP revealed that approximately 1.28 million people are at risk of food insecurity in Libya.

  • WFP’s latest shipment of 1,303 mt from Turkey is arriving on 25 November. It will provide food assistance to nearly 102,000 beneficiaries in the west and south of Libya.

Situation Update

  • There has been no formal agreement in the political dialogue between the General National Congress (GNC), based in Tripoli, and the House of Representatives, based in Tobruk. The new UN Special Envoy, Martin Kobler, has stated his commitment to continuing the political dialogue.

  • On 16 November the UN released a report on the human rights situation in Libya. The report stated that all parties continue to commit violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and abuses of human rights, including indiscriminate attacks, executions, and other unlawful killings, arbitrary deprivations of liberty, torture, and other inhuman and degrading treatment.

  • The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya announced on 12 November that the two Libyan aid workers who were abducted on 05 June in southern Libya have been released. The two men worked for the Shaik Tahir Azzawi Charity Organization (STACO), a partner for WFP and other international agencies.

  • In November, the GNC, which has responsibility for state salaries and subsidies, officially announced that government food subsidies are being terminated. All Libyan citizens will instead be entitled to a monthly cash stipend of 50 Libyan Dinar (USD 20).

  • According to findings from the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), published in October, food access challenges will mean that people in critical need may prioritise spending on food over healthcare and education, or reduce spending on food. This may result in nutritional deficiencies should they not receive food assistance.

  • According to World Bank data, the Libyan crisis has cut the national income per capita by more than half between 2012 and 2014, from USD 12,800 to USD 6,600. The situation has continued to deteriorate in 2015, given Libya’s oil revenues are at a quarter of 2010 levels.