UNHCR Libya External Update - November 2012

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 30 Nov 2012

Refugees and asylum seekers

During the month of November, UNHCR registered 144 new cases (402 individuals) in Tripoli. The vast majority of these new cases included Syrian nationals and Palestinians fleeing the ongoing conflict in Syria. Additionally, 332 cases (976 individuals) were registered in Misratah during two separate missions. Among those registered in Misratah, 192 were Palestinians refugees from Syria while 784 were Syrian nationals. In addition to the ongoing registration, 113 individuals renewed their UNHCR documentation in November. UNHCR also continued to monitor the situation of refugees and asylum seekers and provide assistance through its implementing partners, Danish Refugee Council, International Medical Corps and Al Wafa.

One-time assistance will be provided under the 2012-2013 winterisation programme to assist the most vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers to get through winter. Distribution of winter packages will take place between 1 December 2012 and 31 January 2013.

Internally displaced persons (IDPs)

On 25 November 2012, UNHCR and Mercy Corps carried out a joint mission to Orban and met with the Local Councils (LC) of the communes of Awlad Brak and Jaafra. The objective was to assess protection needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Bani Walid. The team also met with one displaced family in Al Brak. It appears that most IDPs have returned to Bani Walid. However, there are still 10 IDP families displaced in Awlad Brak and about 6 IDP families in Jaafra. The Local Council mentioned that an emergency committee had been formed in order to assist the IDPs. UNHCR’s implementing partner Mercy Corps is in the process of planning a follow up mission to Orban in the near future. On 27 November, UNHCR and Mercy Corps conducted focus group discussions at Fellah Camp with the Tawerghan community from Tripoli and Tarhuna (photo above). The almost 40 participants were divided into three groups, i.e. men, women, and youth. This exercise allowed Tawerghans to share their opinions about daily challenges and protection needs. Finally, on 28 November, UNHCR participated to the Tawergha Forum at the Marine Academy Camp. The Forum was the first gathering ever of people from Tawergha displaced throughout Libya since they were first displaced in August 2011. Approximately 300 to 400 persons were present.