Libya + 4 more

UNHCR Flash Update Libya (24 - 30 March 2018) [EN/AR]

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Key figures:

165,478 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

341,534 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 - 2017)

48,485 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya

6,163 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 20183

335 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018

983 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018

1,342 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017

Funding USD 85 M required for 2018

Highlights

  • On 28 March, UNHCR accompanied the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, on her visit to the Tajoura detention centre and the Naval Base in Tripoli. The Naval Base continues to be the largest disembarkation point with 2,783 refugees and migrants disembarked in 2018. UNHCR and its partner International Medical Corps (IMC) have been present at all disembarkations in Tripoli since the beginning of the year providing medical assistance and humanitarian support to disembarked refugees and migrants. So far, in 2018 they have provided individuals with 2,270 sets of non-food items and 277 medical consultations.

  • In coordination with authorities and partners, UNHCR will respond to the humanitarian needs of over 1,500 internally displaced families in Sabha, Ubari, and Murzuq. Over the last few weeks, clashes between armed groups in the southern region have forced hundreds of families to move to safer areas in Sabha (850 families), Ubari (307 families) and Murzuq (413 families). Families have been sheltered in public schools in Sabha, others have been hosted by communities and relatives in Ubari and Murzuq. Last week, UNHCR and its partner LibAid conducted a rapid needs assessment in the region. The most pressing needs are related to shelter and health. In the next days, UNHCR and its partner LibAid are planning a distribution of kitchen sets, sleeping mats, hygiene kits and other non-food items to cover the most immediate material needs of those displaced in the area.

  • In order to respond to the growing needs of women displaced across Libya, UNHCR and UNFPA, with the support of German funding, are distributing 8,517 hygiene kits in 16 different locations in Tripoli, Misrata, Sabha, Nafusa Mountains, Bani Walid, Janzour, Ubari and Murzaq. This week's distribution of hygiene and sanitary items reached 900 women from Tawergha living in three IDP settlements in and around Tripoli.