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Libya

HI has been operational continuously in Libya since 2011, and up until the end of 2014 delivered a large-scale Humanitarian action. With the outbreak of renewed violence in 2014, HI redesigned its programmes in support of persons injured by explosive remnants of war and small arms and light weapons, as well as persons with disabilities.

A risk education session in a school

A risk education session in a school | © J-J. Bernard / HI

Our actions

In the last three years, HI has delivered health and protection services including physical therapy, provision of assistive devices and mobility equipment and psychosocial support to persons directly impacted by the ongoing crisis, as well as targeting health and rehabilitation centres in Western and eastern Libya with technical capacity development and donations of much needed and otherwise depleted equipment. HI is always delivering physical and functional rehabilitation and psychosocial services through outreach teams at home and in fixed points, as well as provision of assistive devices.

HI is also providing the vulnerable, conflict-affected IDPs, returnees and host community in Libya, with improved access to basic needs, health and protection services (focusing on physical and psychological impairments) and to provide inclusive access to quality health services in Misrata.

In 2017, HI relaunched risk education activities in the Nafusa Mountain region, south of Tripoli for returning populations displaced since 2011. Emergency Risk Education sessions are delivered to conflict-affected populations. Since the same year HI is also supporting the LibMAC for enhancing assistance to victims of explosive hazards, through bringing together national authorities and civil society to raise awareness of the collective responsibility towards persons directly affected.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.

Areas of intervention

Latest stories

Half a tonne of weapons and bombs destroyed in Tawergha, Libya
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Explosive weapons

Half a tonne of weapons and bombs destroyed in Tawergha, Libya

Since November 2018, Humanity & Inclusion's six weapons specialists have removed 150 explosive devices from the streets of Tawergha, a city south of Misrata, Libya. Team leader Simon Elmont tells us more about the organisation’s work.

Tawergha, Libya: Humanity & Inclusion teams are making safe a city contaminated by missiles, rockets and bombs
© Simon Elmont / HI
Emergency Explosive weapons

Tawergha, Libya: Humanity & Inclusion teams are making safe a city contaminated by missiles, rockets and bombs

A few kilometres south of Misrata in Libya, Tawergha has been a ghost town since it was hit by intense fighting in 2011. Humanity & Inclusion teams are taking action.

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Background

Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Libya

Libya in 2020 remains a vastly fragmented country, ‘ruled’ by two different authorities in West and East and disputed by a multitude of armed groups.  

The civilian population is not only impacted by the criminalization of armed groups and the armed conflict but by the collapse of an official economy and the development of a shadow war economy. In addition, the overall number of migrants, asylum seekers refugees in Libya is estimated to 932,204. 

Multiple actors scramble for power in today’s Libya: armed groups; “city-states”, particularly in western and southern Libya, and tribes. The presence and influence of Islamic State (IS) has decreased significantly over the course of 2019 and early 2020, with repeated efforts from East and West to eradicate all affiliated armed groups. Nevertheless, IS fighters are still present on Libyan soil, waiting for any favorable opportunity to re-establish themselves. 

Number of HI staff members: 87

Date the programme opened: 2011

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