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Libya

In Libya, Humanity & Inclusion provides basic medical aid, in particular rehabilitation, for displaced populations, notably children and people with disabilities. Humanity & Inclusion also supports a number of local health and rehabilitation structures. The organisation has undertaken demining operations and raises the population's awareness of the risks related to the presence of explosive remnants of war.

A risk education session in a school

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

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Humanity & Inclusion deploys mobiles teams to identify the most vulnerable displaced persons, giving priority to children and people with disabilities, requiring rehabilitation and psychosocial support sessions. The latter are directly managed by the team or referred to the nearest health centre. Humanity & Inclusion also supports 11 health structures. It trains the staff and distributes orthopaedic equipment, accessories and information to the medical teams and patients.


Since September 2018, the organisation has been conducting mine clearance operations in Misrata and in the suburbs of the city. It also raises the population's awareness of the risks relating to explosive remnants of war.

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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.

Libya: Supporting children marked by war
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Explosive weapons Health Rehabilitation

Libya: Supporting children marked by war

Handicap International has been running operations in Libya since 2011. The organisation is now focused on helping children in Tripoli. Every day our mobile team reaches out to children with rehabilitation needs. And an awareness-raising campaign about psychosocial risks and the inclusion of children with disabilities will benefit more than 3,000 people.

Libya: Helping children traumatised by five years of war
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Health Rehabilitation

Libya: Helping children traumatised by five years of war

Handicap International has been working in Libya since 2011. Due to the country’s extreme political and security instability the organisation relocated its operation to Tunis in July 2014. Anne Barthès who has been leading the mission since February 2016, reflects on the programmes currently being run by Handicap International, five years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Background

Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Libya

Since the death of Colonel Gaddafi in October 2011, Libya has been afflicted by violence between rival militia. The uncontrolled influx of weapons has created a situation of permanent insecurity. Today, Libya is a fragmented country, composed of territories fought over by countless rival armed factions and with two governments staking their claim to power.

Until 2011 Libya was one of the region's economic driving forces, thanks to its oil reserves. The country, which previously placed 64th out of 188 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index ranking, is now 102nd. Libya has a population of 6.2 million people. Life expectancy is currently less than 72 years, despite standing at 75 years before the 2011 crisis, the literacy rate is around 90%.

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