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18 Sep 2018 description
report ACTED

Due to the high amount of conflict experienced in Libya following the revolution of 2011, the need for mental health care is slowly being normalized in Libyan society. Since 2017, ACTED has been active in Benghazi, implementing a UNHCR-funded program focused on increasing mental health awareness and, in turn, breaking the stigma attached to seeking mental health services.

18 Sep 2018 description

After the onset of clashes between armed groups in Tripoli on 26 August, at least 3,845 families (approximately 19,225 individuals) have been displaced. Following a ceasefire agreement between warring parties reached on 04 September, the overall security situation in Tripoli has been improving although tensions remain high and periodic security incidents continue to be reported, particularly in neighborhoods in Southern Tripoli.

18 Sep 2018 description

The Libyan economy builds on a long history of labour migration to the country. In the 1950s and 1960s, the discovery of oil fields in Libya led to large numbers of migrant workers from across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa to come to the country and work in emerging economic hubs across Libya.

Between 1970 and 1982, the proportion of foreign workers in the total active labour force increased from 11% to 50%. Migrants came with various skill levels, working in oil fields, but equally in the construction and agricultural sectors.

14 Sep 2018 description
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Key figures:

192,513 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

372,741 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 - April 2018)

55,413 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya

20,254 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 20183

895 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018

1,527 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018

1,858 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017

Funding

USD 85 M required for 2018

13 Sep 2018 description
report UN Security Council

The Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 15 September 2019 under the leadership of the Secretary‑General’s Special Representative.

12 Sep 2018 description

Following clashes between armed groups in Tripoli between 27 August and 04 September, at least 2,840 families (approximately 14,200 individuals) have been displaced to Zliten, Bani Waleed, Misrata, Azzawya, Qasr Akhyar, Zintan, Msallata, Tarhouna, Garabolli, Swani Bin Adam, Tajoura and safer areas in Tripoli. Displaced households originate mostly from conflict-affected neighborhoods in Southern Tripoli; please refer to the second page of this report for more details on displacement locations and areas of origin.

12 Sep 2018 description
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Availability of essential medicines is key in order to ensure access and utilization of PHC facilities by population. WHO in collaboration with MOH in Libya has been able to successfully complete the distribution process of first batch of essential medicines to six selected Primary Health Care (PHC) Centers which are located in the East, West and South Regions of Libya. The kits contain wide variety of medications including medicines which are used to treat non- communicable disease at PHC level.

11 Sep 2018 description

Highlights

  • On September 4, 2018, UN brokered a ceasefire between militias warring in Tripoli. Thus far the ceasefire has held, but remains fragile.

  • Given prevailing perceptions of insecurity and fear that the situation may deteriorate, the majority of newly internally displaced persons (IDPs) have not yet returned to their homes.

10 Sep 2018 description

Survivors in need of care are held in arbitrary detention

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018—More than 100 people died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast in early September, and the remaining survivors—including people with severe burns, pregnant women and babies—are now held in arbitrary detention in Libya, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

An MSF team has provided medical care to survivors, who described their ordeal.

10 Sep 2018 description
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WHO Country Office for Libya and WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean in collaboration with MOH in Libya organized two days meeting to Develop National Strategy for Community Health workers (CHWs) in Libya. The objectives of meeting is to define the scope of Community Health Volunteers, identify necessary competencies for CHWs to perform their duties based on the local needs and context, identify modalities for capacity building of CHWs in line with scope of work and required tasks, agree on implementation strategy and road map.

09 Sep 2018 description

Zawiya, 9 September 2018 - The United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) hosted a meeting today to discuss the consolidation of the 4 September 2018 ceasefire, agree on a monitoring and verification mechanism and begin talks on the security arrangements in the Greater Tripoli area.

The meeting, convened in the western Libyan city of Zawiya, was attended by representatives of the Government of National Accord and the military commanders, security apparatuses and armed groups present in and around the Capital.

09 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

175,000 people in need targeted for food assistance in 2018

86,728 people assisted so far this year

US$7.4 m six months (August 2018 – January 2019) net funding requirements

86,728 people assisted in JULY 2018

Operational Context

08 Sep 2018 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is dismayed at reports of smugglers and traffickers posing as UNHCR staff in Libya and calls on the authorities for action against all criminals trying to target desperate refugees and migrants.

Reliable reports by our sources and refugees suggest that traffickers and smugglers are impersonating UN staff, including UNHCR, at different locations in Libya. These criminals were spotted at disembarkation points and smuggling hubs, using vests and other items with logos similar to that of UNHCR.

07 Sep 2018 description

Key figures:

192,513 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

372,741 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 -April 2018)

55,088 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in the State of Libya

20,129 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

892 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018

1,527 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018

07 Sep 2018 description

Friday, September 7, 2018 — Amsterdam / London / Tunis: Thousands of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers arbitrarily held in Libyan detention centres must be immediately released and evacuated to safety out of the country urges Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today as a fragile ceasefire in Tripoli continued for a third day. Existing mechanisms to get refugees and migrants out of Libya have stalled in recent months and the medical humanitarian organisation calls for an urgent scale up.

07 Sep 2018 description
report IRIN

Libyans say EU and UN initiatives do little to truly curb people smuggling

While the EU and the UN channel funds into deportations, evacuations, and patrolling the central Mediterranean, the vast desert border in Libya’s neglected south remains largely unsecured, leaving people smugglers, stripped of other work opportunities, to operate with impunity.

Read more on IRIN.