UNHCR Update Libya (20 September 2022) [EN/AR] – Libya

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On September 14, 29 refugees were resettled from Libya to Canada and Europe. Since 2017, 8,948 asylum seekers and refugees have left Libya through direct resettlement and evacuation flights, as well as complementary pathways, including humanitarian visas and family reunification. UNHCR is grateful to the relevant Libyan authorities for their support in facilitating the necessary formalities for these humanitarian evacuation flights and continues to urge countries to provide more legal pathways to help some of the most vulnerable people to safety. out of Libya. As part of community engagement and empowerment efforts, UNHCR conducted a training session on Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (PSEA) for 15 people from the Eritrean community. The session was well received and appreciated by the participants. UNHCR will continue to organize PSEA sessions with different communities in the coming weeks. In cooperation with UNICEF and its partner CESVI, UNHCR launched a series of focus group discussions with people with disabilities. Three meetings were held at the community day center dealing with access to education, transportation, information and medical services. Based on the results, a detailed action plan will be put in place to address the identified gaps and needs.

Population movements

So far in 2022, 16,733 asylum seekers, refugees and migrants have been reported as rescued or intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG), General Administration of Coastal Security (GACS) and Libyan Navy in course of 160 operations. Last week, nine rescue/interception operations were conducted by the LCG, Stabilization Support Apparatus (SSA) and GACS, with six landings at the Tripoli Commercial Port (TCP), two at the Al Maya landing (DP), and one at Al Port de Khums, with 735 survivors. UNHCR did not have access to the landings. During the operations carried out by LCG and GACS, 160 persons of concern to UNHCR were identified. Partner, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responded to three TCP landings.

UNHCR response

Between 13 and 15 September, UNHCR, through its partner LibAid, carried out a three-day distribution for internally displaced people from Murzuq in greater Tripoli. More than 600 households (3,133 people) received basic necessities, including mattresses, blankets, tarpaulins, cooking utensils, solar lamps, jerry cans, hygiene kits, diapers, soaps and mats.

UNHCR, together with its partners, continues to provide assistance and services to some of the most vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees. Last week, IRC distributed hygiene kits and baby diapers to 77 people, including 23 women and six children at the Community Day Center (CDC), and relief items to 261 asylum seekers and refugees. , including 112 women, in various neighborhoods of Tripoli. Partner CESVI provided emergency cash assistance to 20 households (35 people). Partner Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) provided emergency cash assistance in the form of vouchers to 46 households (108 people) at the CDC. The voucher modality allows people of concern to purchase items including food, water, hygiene items and medicines through a number of identified vendors.

At the Serraj registration centre, UNHCR has identified 44 people who have managed to escape or who have been released from the trafficking camps. They were all referred for protection interviews to identify their needs and provide the necessary assistance. Last week, 21 best interests assessments and 73 protection needs assessments were conducted with children and adults to identify their protection concerns and assess their needs, including the referral to specialized services. Seven people, who were identified as being in need of shelter, were successfully placed in support arrangements. Currently, more than 100 vulnerable people in need of shelter are hosted by caregivers selected and trained by volunteers from refugee communities.

Through its partner IRC, UNHCR provides health services in various public primary health care centers in Tripoli. During the reporting period, IRC provided 304 general health and reproductive health consultations, 55 mental health consultations and referred five people to government hospitals and private clinics. The IRC medical team supported 92 people through the 24/7 helpline, 13 of whom were referred for secondary medical assessments. Visits were made to the detention centers (DCs) of Triq Al-Sikka and Ain Zara, and more than 230 medical consultations were carried out.

During the first half of the year, around 40,000 calls were received by the Common Feedback Mechanism (CFM) – the UNHCR-supported Tawasul 1404 freephone hotline. CFM provides information on humanitarian programs, registers complaints and comments and directs relevant humanitarian organizations for follow-up. More than 80% of calls came from refugees and asylum seekers.

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