EU-funding supports the Libyan Red Crescent Society for the delivery of emergency assistance to 2,500 of the most vulnerable people temporarily housed in schools in Ejdabia, Tobruk, Shahat, Bayda, Bani Waleed and Benghazi. Vital aid such as food, water, mattresses, blankets and hygiene kits are being provided by local volunteers who have visited the various locations to register the displaced and assess their needs. Following the coronavirus pandemic which is also affecting Libya, one of the most vulnerable countries to emerging disease outbreaks, this relief operation is accompanied by necessary preventative measures.
The funding is part of the EU's overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
In recent weeks, more people have had to flee areas around Tarhouna, Bani Walid and Sirte, bringing the total
Number of displaced from these areas to 27,750 people. Most internally displaced have moved further East and are staying with relatives, host families or in rented accommodation. However, a group of vulnerable people who have no support network to fall back on is being hosted in collective shelters and transit centres that have been set up in schools and other public buildings.
With no end in sight to the conflict, over 400,000 Libyans continue to be internally displaced.
The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.
Through the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, the European Union helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.
The European Union is signatory to a €3 million humanitarian delegation agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). Funds from the DREF are mainly allocated to “small-scale” disasters – those that do not give rise to a formal international appeal.
The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund was established in 1985 and is supported by contributions from donors. Each time a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF. For small-scale disasters, the IFRC allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be replenished by the donors. The delegation agreement between the IFRC and ECHO enables the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (that fit in with its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €3 million.
For further information, please contact:
Anouk Delafortrie, Regional Information Officer for the Middle East & North Africa, ECHO
Maha Ouelhezi, Communication & Visibility Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Libya