Migrants in need of protection in Libya

migrants in Libya

There’s increasing concern for migrants in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, many of whom are too scared to leave their homes to try to find food and water.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says that more and more reports are coming in of migrants in need of assistance and protection.

A significant rise in food prices and little or no money to buy what is available also means that there are ever-growing numbers of migrants in need of humanitarian assistance – but they can only get that if they come out of hiding.

Jemini Pandya, IOM Spokesperson, says that most are deliberately not congregating in large numbers to avoid being conspicuous or targeted.

The security situation, as far as we're concerned, still remains potentially volatile. Individual migrants who are contacting IOM are telling us that they are scared to leave their homes for fear of being arrested or killed. They claim that even documented migrants are afraid to go out and find food and water because others have done so and have not returned home.”

Duration: 24"

IOM is continuing its operations to evacuate migrants who want to leave Libya.

Nearly 1,600 migrants and vulnerable Libyans have been evacuated by IOM by boat from Tripoli so far.

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