Libya: UN launches appeal to meet current and projected humanitarian needs

6 March, 2011
Hundreds line up for food at a transit camp near the Tunisian-Libyan border. All have crossed into Tunisia from Libya to escape the violence. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana
Hundreds line up for food at a transit camp near the Tunisian-Libyan border. All have crossed into Tunisia from Libya to escape the violence. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana

The humanitarian community launched today a Regional Flash Appeal for the Libyan crisis.

The appeal requests $160,256,548 to meet the humanitarian needs of the migrants who leave Libya for Tunisia, Egypt and Niger; respond to the needs within opposition-controlled parts of Libya; access people in the government controlled areas; and prepare for a worst-case scenario of increased outflow of people from Libya and/or emergence of significant humanitarian needs within Libya.

ERC Amos travelled yesterday to the Tunisia-Libya border to review the ongoing relief effort for people fleeing Libya and to look at what humanitarian agencies can do further to support those who are stranded in the border areas. "The efforts of responders to scale up assistance have so far averted a humanitarian crisis in those areas that are accessible," she said, "But I remain very concerned about what is actually happening in western Libya. We urgently need access."

More>>   Regional Flash Appeal OCHA Press Release  -  ERC Statement

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