UNHCR Update Libya (9 August 2022) [EN/AR] – Libya


Strong points

UNHCR, together with its partner the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), completed a shelter rehabilitation project, which targeted 50 houses belonging to returnees in the Al Sabri area of ​​Benghazi, home to the largest returnee community in Libya. Rehabilitation works included repairing doors, windows, WASH facilities and roofing. This is the fourth consecutive year that UNHCR, together with its partner NRC, is implementing shelter rehabilitation in Al Sabri to enable displaced families to return to their war-damaged homes.

The second phase of UNHCR’s Sports for Peace initiative started on 3 August. The pilot project, with sport at its core, aims to develop life skills and improve social cohesion among IDPs, IDP returnees, asylum seekers, refugees and the host community in the municipality of Abusliem in Tripoli. 60 children, including 45 internally displaced and 15 refugees, participated in the first session of sports activities organized by the Libyan scout partners at the Abusliem stadium, which was rehabilitated as part of the project. Children will attend four sessions with four different modules designed by partner Fútbol Más. Each session aims to raise awareness of a specific societal topic related to one or more United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On August 8, UNHCR Libya launched its help page, providing useful information, phone numbers, emails and videos to asylum seekers and refugees in Libya. The page is an important step to further strengthen UNHCR’s communication with communities in Libya and provide a reliable source of updated information and announcements.

UNHCR response

UNHCR, through its partner INTERSOS, rehabilitated the Rabaa Aladawiyah school in Tripoli. On August 7, a ceremony was held marking the completion of the rehabilitation, in the presence of the officials of the city council as well as the education office of the municipality of Tripoli and some students. The work included installing a new water and bathroom system, lighting, CCTV, doors and windows, and painting the building. The school offers courses to more than 520 students, including some non-Libyans.

On 1 August, UNHCR delivered medical supplies to health authorities in Al-Swani municipality, Tripoli. The items, including an ultrasound machine and an electrocardiograph, will be distributed to health centers in Al Toghar and Al Krimiya. The centers were rehabilitated by UNHCR and its partner ACTED in 2021 as part of the Quick Impact Projects, which aim to promote resilience and strengthen access to basic services in communities hosting large numbers of displaced people, asylum seekers asylum and returnees.

On 4 August, UNHCR facilitated training for WFP Common Feedback Mechanism (CFM) operators on UNHCR services and referral pathways for refugees and asylum-seekers to improve the quality of guidance and advice provided by CFM operators. CFM is a free nationwide service (1404) for individuals to obtain information about humanitarian programmes, submit complaints, provide feedback and be referred to the humanitarian organizations best able to deal with the problem reported. .

UNHCR, together with its partners, continues to provide assistance and services to some of the most vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees. Last week, partner International Rescue Committee (IRC) distributed hygiene kits and baby diapers to 24 people, including 18 women and six children, at the community day center and basic necessities to 143 people, including 70 women, in different neighborhoods of Tripoli. Partner CESVI provided emergency cash assistance to 23 households (59 people) and 567 households (2,726 people) received WFP food parcels. At the Serraj registration centre, UNHCR has identified 30 people who have been released or escaped from trafficking camps. They were referred for protection interviews to identify their needs and provide the necessary assistance.

As of 7 August, there were an estimated 2,661 people in detention centers across Libya, of which 951 are people of concern to UNHCR. Last week, UNHCR, through its partner LibAid, distributed hygiene kits to 247 people, including nine women and two children, at Ganfouda detention centre.

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