UNHCR Update Libya (24 January 2023) [EN/AR] – Libya

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On 18 and 19 January, UNHCR delivered two 30 KVA generators to Al-Qulla Health Center in Bergen (780 km south of Tripoli) and Al-Owainat Health Center in Ghat (1,220 km south of Tripoli), southern Libya . Both centers, which were chosen based on consultations with local authorities, provide primary health care to displaced persons and the host community, and the generators ensure continuity of service during power outages. The donations were part of UNHCR’s Quick Impact Projects, aimed at improving community resilience and peaceful coexistence between displaced persons, returnees and the host community.
Population movements In the first two weeks of 2023, more than 1,100 individuals have been reported rescued or intercepted by Libyan authorities. No disembarkation was recorded last week. Two unidentified bodies have been recovered by the Ambulance and Emergency Services (AES) near the town of Zueitina.
UNHCR response UNHCR, together with 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 non-food items (NFIs) to 82 individuals, including 28 women and nine children at the Community Day Center (CDC). IRC also conducted NFI distributions to 214 individuals, including 82 women, in different areas of Tripoli. Partner CESVI provided emergency cash assistance to a total of 42 households (89 people) at the CDC. UNHCR has distributed clothing packages to 21 vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees, including three women and three children, at the Serraj office in Tripoli.
Through partner IRC, UNHCR provides health services in several public primary health care centers in Tripoli. Last week, IRC provided 332 general health and reproductive health consultations, 71 mental health consultations and referred 25 individuals to public hospitals and private clinics. The IRC medical team also supported 35 individuals through the 24/7 hotline, 22 of whom were referred for secondary medical assessments.
As of January 15, an estimated 3,276 people are in detention centers (DCs) across Libya, more than 700 of whom are of nationalities that UNHCR is allowed to register.
IRC distributed non-food items to 368 individuals, including 318 women and 50 children, in Abusliem DC. Last week, the IRC also visited Triq Al-Sikka, Triq Al-Matar and Ain Zara DCs, where more than 140 medical consultations were given.
At the Serraj Registration Center, UNHCR identified 54 individuals who managed to escape or were released from human trafficking camps. All were referred for protection talks to identify their needs and provide needed assistance. Last week, 22 best interests assessments and 44 protection needs assessments were conducted with children and adults to identify their protection concerns and assess their needs, including referrals to specialist services. UNHCR identified 15 children with educational needs through detailed surveys of their carers. Accordingly, they were referred to UNICEF for assistance with their enrollment in public schools or non-formal education in Beyti centers.
UNHCR’s outreach team made a field visit to Alsabaa in Tripoli and reached 21 Ethiopian nationals. Referrals were made for specialist services based on identified needs.
Last week, as part of partner CESVI’s community-based care arrangement program, three individuals were placed in care arrangements and six individuals integrated into the community. As of January 19, there were about 50 active caregivers across Tripoli, with more than 110 vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees benefiting from the program. The vetted carers help to temporarily accommodate unaccompanied children and women at risk, as well as those with specific medical conditions, until longer-term solutions are found.

UNHCR Update Libya (24 January 2023) [EN/AR] – Libya

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