UN food agency's chief goes to Tunisia-Libya border

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Josette Sheeran has gone to the border between Libya and Tunisia to see how food is being distributed to people arriving from Libya.

WFP's Josette Sheeran

WFP's Josette Sheeran

More than 100,000 mainly migrant workers have been leaving Libya over the last two weeks through Tunisia and Egypt en route to their places of origin.

Humanitarian agencies are working in the two countries to ensure that people leaving Libya have access to the assistance they require.

Ms. Sheeran who has been in Tunisia since Monday says the situation at the border is “quite stressed” with all “systems under severe pressure”.

“We saw tens of thousands of people gathered not only on the Tunisia side of the border but also on the Libyan side of the border. We have many thousands of people waiting to get in. We saw the tremendous generosity and lifeline that the people of Tunisia have been running to help those fleeing violence in Libya but they are really appealing for help and support.”

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