Libya – Protracted Conflict – Risks, Insecurities, Trauma for Women, Families, Civil Society Organizations
Date: April 18, 2019
Today, Halima, her husband and eight of her nine children live in a small two-room shelter with a corrugated metal roof in a camp for IDPs.- OCHA Photo
LIBYA – DISPLACEMENTS & SECURITY RISKS FOR CIVILIANS, CHILDREN +
Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in and around the Libyan capital because of fighting between eastern-based forces and troops loyal to the country’s internationally recognised government. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), at least 4,500 individuals have been displaced since the clashes erupted six days ago, when renegade General Khalifa Haftar ordered his forces to march on Tripoli. Many others remain trapped in their homes, UNOCHA added, with more than 500,000 children deemed to be at “immediate threat”.
Some 147 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded as clashes between Libyan government and military forces continue in the capital city of Tripoli, and poor sanitation among those displaced could drive outbreaks of tuberculosis, measles and diarrhea, the World Health Organization warns. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees are calling for the release of detained migrants and protections for civilians.
UN Wire – April 15, 2019