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Reference : V-P-LY-E-00410
Date : 07/04/2021
Country/Region : LIBYA
Caption : Tripoli-Ghadames road. Camels grazing in the desert.
Photographer : KREMA, Mohaned
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photo gallery, 01.06.2021.
"Given the improved security situation, ICRC team visited Ghadames, and the nearby town, Awal, to assess the needs of the population. Less than a month later, the team went back to deliver assistance. Along the road leading to Ghadames, we encountered herds of camels grazing in the desert. These camels are the main source of income for the herders in Ghadames. They spend months in the desert, where they raise camels to later sell in the markets of coastal cities in northwestern Libya.
Ghadames and its inhabitants have not been directly affected by the last round of fighting in Libya, which lasted from April 2019 to August 2020. However, there remains over 500 displaced families who had to leave Ghadames as a result of past inter-communal fighting. These families are now settled in a nearby locality of Awal.
Recently an ICRC team from its Tripoli Sub-delegation took the long road trip to assess the humanitarian situation in the area. They spent a few days there meeting with authorities and mingling with people to learn more about the impact of conflict and COVID-19 on their lives. Being a very remote area in a conflict affected country has taken its toll on the essential services in Ghadames such as water, sewerage and healthcare, as all of them require attention and investment for repairs and upgradation."
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Orientation : landscape
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