Reference : V-P-LY-E-00191
Date : 05/09/2011
Country/Region : LIBYA
Caption : West of Tripoli, Sidi Bilal. The Libyan Red Crescent distributing ICRC hygiene kits to sub-Saharan migrant workers stranded in a makeshift camp.
Photographer : BJÖRGVINSSON, Jón
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Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
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Description : ICRC website, Operational Update, 06.09.2011

Libya: taking action to help sub-Saharan Africans

Foreign nationals in Libya, in particular sub-Saharan Africans, need protection and assistance. The ICRC is helping these and other groups, and making more visits to detainees. It continues to assist the wounded and help identify the dead, and is ready to send aid to Sirte.

The ICRC is concerned about the stigmatization of sub-Saharan Africans and certain Libyan communities in Tripoli and elsewhere in the country. "Civilians, whatever their nationality, political affiliation or race, must be protected at all times," said Georges Comninos, the head of the ICRC delegation in Tripoli.

ICRC delivers aid to a thousand sub-Saharan Africans
On 5 September, the ICRC and the Libyan Red Crescent distributed hygiene kits to about 1,000 sub-Saharan Africans who have taken refuge in the military port of Sidi Bilal, west of Tripoli.

"Sidi Bilal was a very dangerous place for these people to go to because of the unexploded ordnance there," said Per Bjerde, an ICRC expert. "Before distributing aid to them, we disposed of 62 anti-tank mines and 10 sea mines that were found in the area. We haven't heard of any fatal casualties, and now that the clearing operation is complete we are hopeful there won't be any."

The ICRC is coordinating its aid for the people in the port area with the Libyan Red Crescent and other humanitarian organizations. In addition, it is working with the local authorities to fully restore the supply of potable water. It will deliver food in the coming days. Meanwhile, together with the authorities, it is searching for a way to ensure the long-term security of the people in Sidi Bilal, for example by transferring them to a safer location.

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