One million people affected by Libyan political crisis

More than a million people will need humanitarian assistance as a result of the political crisis and violence in Libya according to the United Nations.

displaced people in Libya

displaced people in Libya

At least 400,000 migrant workers will need assistance to leave the country while another 600,000 people inside Libya will need humanitarian assistance.

The United Nations is appealing for 160 million US dollars to finance the humanitarian operation in Libya over the next three months.

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says humanitarian workers will need unhindered access to Libya in order to make an objective assessment of population needs.

“Much remains to be done in the days and weeks ahead especially if the situation continues to deteriorate. The appeal that we just launched is an initial common humanitarian action plan among the aid agencies responding to the crisis. It will ensure that migrants who leave Libya for Tunisia, Egypt and Niger receive adequate humanitarian relief and that they are transported to their countries of origin promptly. Within opposition controlled parts of Libya the appeal outlines the funding required to assess analyze and respond to current and possible future humanitarian needs.”

United Nations relief agencies estimate that only 15 per cent of the total migrant worker population of 2 million has been able to leave Libya and concern is growing that government forces are preventing the migrants from leaving.

United Nations refugee agency says a large proportion of the migrants from sub Saharan Africa are trapped in Libya, unable to flee due to fear of violence.

UNHCR is also urging countries to offer resettlement opportunities for migrant workers from Somalia, Palestine, Iraq and Eritrea.

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