UN humanitarian response in Libya faces funding shortfall

A shortage of funding is threatening to stall humanitarian assistance to thousands of displaced people in Libya, according to the United Nations.

 Libyan migrant

Libyan migrant

The worst affected operation is the evacuation of thousands of migrant workers who are stranded inside Libya. 

Less than half of the 310 million dollars requested by the UN for the Libyan crisis has so far been received, most of which has already been spent. 

Andrej Mahecic is from the UN refugee agency UNHCR which is among the agencies facing a funding shortfall. 

“UNHCR has appealed for over US$68.5 million to cover the initial three to four months of the emergency. To date we have received about 40 million dollars, all of which has been spent or committed. We are calling on donor countries to urgently fund this shortfall. Throughout Libya UNHCR has identified a need to expand activities to provide assistance to tens of thousands of displaced people and thousands of refugees who depend upon us for help. It is vital that our ongoing operations in Egypt and Tunisia are funded so that we can continue to support the governments of both countries to keep their borders open for all those fleeing the conflict.

  The International Organization for Migration says it needs to raise 5 million dollars within the next two days to evacuate some 8,000 migrants who are stranded in the Libyan port city of Misrata.


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