Donors Commit Humanitarian Aid to Crisis-hit Libya

A scene during a protest in Libya. Several donors have pledged humanitarian aid to people affected by the political crisis in Libya. Photo by: IMF / CC BY-NC-SA IMFCC BY-NC-SA

Donors have pledged humanitarian assistance for people caught in the midst of the growing political crisis in Libya.

At least 30,000 people have fled Libya for Tunisia and Egypt since Feb. 21, according to the International Organization for Migration.

“We can expect other arrivals, in the order of tens of thousands of people,” IOM spokesman Jean-Philippe Chauzy was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying.

On Feb. 25, the European Union said it has allocated €3 million ($4.1 million) to address the humanitarian needs of Libyans and Libyan-based refugees fleeing to neighboring countries. EU aid relief will also be provided to people inside Libya, “once the security situation in the country allows a proper assessment.” 

The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the same date, announced a grant of €150,000 to the Finnish Red Cross to support humanitarian relief efforts in Libya and said it is ready to provide additional aid “if so required.” 

Norway is sending a Norwegian Red Cross surgical team in Libya, while the U.K. is deploying humanitarian specialists to assess the needs for supplies from the U.K.’s humanitarian stockpile based in Dubai.

The United Arab Emirates and Turkey also pledged Feb. 25 to send humanitarian aid to Libya. The two nations said they will coordinate their humanitarian response to the political crisis in Libya, Reuters reports.

Aid groups Amnesty International, Oxfam and the International Federation for Human Rights are urging the European Union and the rest of the international community to freeze all assets of leader Moammar Gadhafi and Libya’s senior military and security leaders, as well as impose a total embargo on exports and transfers of military and security equipment to Libya.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.