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07-09-2011 | Africa

Libya: ICRC distribution to Africans stranded in Tripoli port


The ICRC is concerned about the stigmatization of Sub-Saharan Africans and also certain Libyan communities and would like to remind that civilians, whatever their nationality, political affiliation or race, should be respected and protected at all times.

On 5 September, the ICRC together with the Libyan Red Crescent, distributed hygiene kits to 1000 Sub Saharan Africans who sought refuge in the military port of Sidi Bilal, west of Tripoli. They are staying in abandoned fishing boats. Food supplies will be delivered to them in the coming days by the Libyan Red Crescent.

During the past week, the ICRC has addressed the needs of this vulnerable community with the local council, focusing on water supply, hygiene, food and health care. With a view to find a long-term solution for their safety and security, a report with recommendations was submitted to high level authorities.

SidiBilal was a dangerous place for these people to stay. ICRC experts in explosive ordinances disposal have secured 62 antitank mines and 10 sea-mines for a total of 3000 to 5000 kg found in the camp. The ICRC is working with the local authorities to restore the supply of potable water.

The ICRC continues to coordinate the assistance to these vulnerable people with the Libyan Red Crescent, other humanitarian actors and the local council.


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