Libya: prompt and concrete initiatives by the Italian Government for the humanitarian emergency

Fri 12 Feb 2016 at 16:27 Politics

NNA - Italy, which leads the efforts to find a political solution to the Libyan conflict, has pledged a first 1.4 million euro package in humanitarian aidin response to the serious humanitarian crisis in Libya that involves 2.4 million peoplein need of humanitarian aid out of a total population of 6.3 million. More specifically, Italian Cooperation will allocate a 500,000 euro contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is coordinated with the Libyan Red Crescent (LRCS), in continuing to provide assistance to internally displacedpersons and civilians struck by the conflict, and in supporting basic healthcare,as well as the training of doctors and healthcare workers.


Italy's contribution will also make it possible to continue family reunion activities to favour the most vulnerable migrants.The Italian Foreign Ministry also intends to contribute 450,000 euros to support the activities of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in distributing humanitarian aid to 1.3 million people in the area around Tripoli and in other coastal areas.


The UNHCR also lists people in registers so as to make them eligible for the category of most vulnerable people, thus giving them access to basic healthcare, financial livelihood assistance and psychological support. The funds also aim to support the activities of the Department to Combat Illegal Migration (DCIM) and to monitor the offshore rescue operations conducted by the Libyan Coast Guard.


Another recipient of the Italian funds will be the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), to which Italian Cooperation has decided to allocate 450,000 euros to support its activities in distributing relief supplies and sanitary kits to internally displaced persons and to support the repatriation of migrants to their countries of origin.



Libya: a priority for Italian cooperation


In response to Libya's serious humanitarian situation, affecting 2.4 million people out of a total population of 6.3 million, the Italian Development Cooperation has set up an initial humanitarian aid package allocating 500,000 euros to the International Committee of the Red Cross. The ICRC - which has operational offices in Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata and Sabha - works in close cooperation with the Libyan Red Crescent Society (LRCS) providing first aid services. The Italian contribution will make it possible to care for the wounded by supporting basic health care services in hospitals and the training of medical staff and health care personnel, while family reunification efforts will continue for the most vulnerable migrants. Libya is still the No.1 point of departure and transit for irregular migrants along the Mediterranean route from North Africa to Europe; from a total of 151,000 newly registered, 90% of those en route to Italy arrive from Libya.



Italian Cooperation has allocated a contribution of 450,000 euros in response to the serious humanitarian situation in Libya regarding about 2.4 million people out of a population of 6.3 million. The funds will be used to support the UNHCR in distributing humanitarian aid in Tripoli and other coastal areas, UNHCR registration activities in Tripoli and Benghazi to facilitate the access of vulnerable groups of the population to basic services and financial assistance to attain self-reliance, and the provision of psychological assistance. Part of the sum allotted will be used to continue the activities carried out at detention centres run by the Department for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM) and to pursue monitoring of rescue operations at sea by the Libyan Coast Guard.



Libya continues to be the main transit and departure point for irregular migration along the Mediterranean route from North Africa to Europe; from a total of 151,000 newly registered, 90% of those en route to Italy arrive from Libya.


Italian Cooperation has allocated a contribution of 450,000 euros in response to the serious humanitarian situation in Libya regarding about 2.4 million people out of a population of 6.3 million. The funds will be used to support the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in distributing basic necessities and hygiene kits to internally displaced persons and actions to help repatriation of migrants to their countries of origin. OIM is also at the forefront of monitoring activities and the provision of assistance to migrants travelling along the Saharan route from central Africa to Libya in the attempt to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean. Libya continues to be the main transit and departure point for irregular migration along the Mediterranean route from North Africa to Europe; from a total of 151,000 newly-registered, 90% of those en route to Italy arrive from Libya.



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