The Address | Benghazi – Libya
GENEVA – The spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jens Laerke, spoke in media statements on Tuesday about the dangers facing some of the most vulnerable groups in Libya.
“The majority of people in need are in highly populated urban areas in the western and eastern regions of Libya. However, people with the most critical and severe needs are in the coastal area of Sirte and in the southern parts of the country where access is difficult, due to instability,” Laerke said.
Seven years of instability and insecurity weigh heavily on the well-being of tens of thousands of children, women and men, in Libya. “At least 823,000 people, including a quarter of a million children, need humanitarian assistance,” Laerke said.
Laerke said priority needs include food, special nutrition for malnourished children, health and education. He said education support is planned for the thousands of children and adolescents whose education has been disrupted.
Refugees and migrants face serious human rights violations in the absence of the rule of law in Libya. Laerke said that his agency works to provide critical humanitarian relief, such as water and sanitation, in overcrowded and unsanitary detention centers.