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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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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
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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

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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