Helping Libyans Resume Normal Life

Despite the unstable environment, Libyans are striving to resume normal life. The ICRC and the Libyan Red Crescent continue to provide urgent aid as needed, to promote detainee welfare and to improve water management.

"Clashes have occasionally been flaring up in tense parts of the country, sometimes resulting in the displacement of thousands of people who seek safety in neighbouring areas," said Katharina Ritz, head of the ICRC delegation in Libya. Whenever this happens, the ICRC and the Libyan Red Crescent provide urgent relief.

In May, clashes in Tiji and Al-Hawamid, in the west of the country, resulted in the displacement of at least 1,800 people. The ICRC and the Libyan Red Crescent provided hygiene items, mattresses, diapers, kitchen sets, buckets and blankets for 900 people taken in by host families. Together with LibAid, a national aid organization, they also provided food for displaced people in both towns.

Sporadic clashes in the Nafusa mountains, in the western part of the country, resulted in the displacement of thousands of people in April. In Mizda, 160 kilometres south of Tripoli, several thousand people fled to nearby towns. In coordination with the Libyan Red Crescent, the ICRC provided food and other essential items for 9,000 people in Shuqayqah, Nismah and Qaryat, three towns where people took refuge.

More than 10,000 detainees visited

"We stand ready to work together with the new authorities to improve detainee welfare, water management and the training of army and police personnel," said Ms Ritz.

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