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UNHCR steps up emergency aid for displaced Libyans & migrants during Ramadan

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – UNHCR has begun a series of extra emergency distributions in Tripoli, to assist some of the most vulnerable people during Ramadan, and as war and COVID-19 present new threats.

The first distribution got underway on Sunday, targeting more than 100 migrants living in overcrowded conditions with insufficient water and sanitation, in a popular neighborhood of Tripoli.

The assistance package being distributed includes hygiene kits, purification tablets, provided by sister agency, UNICEF, and a food basket (designed for one month).

According to UNHCR, the distribution is the first of a series planned during Ramadan.  In the first week, nearly 500 people will be reached with assistance.  The aim is to reach up to 4,000 persons during the Ramadan period.

“We recognise that daily life in Libya is terribly difficult, for Libyans as well as for refugees and asylum-seekers, because of the armed conflict, and the situation has become even more challenging because of the curfew and movement restrictions induced by the fight against COVID-19”, said Jean-Paul Cavalieri, Chief of Mission for UNHCR in Libya.

“This has especially affected refugees and asylum seekers, who are now unable to find work and earn to support themselves. Ramadan is an important moment to show solidarity at a time when people are really struggling with their daily needs.”

UNHCR also said that it delivered aid to many Libyans displaced by the ongoing civil war.

Distributions have been organised in co-ordination with the local relevant authorities and partners, LibAid, the International Rescue Committee, and UN OCHA, to ensure social distancing and the security and safety of individuals receiving assistance.

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