Tripoli, 2 August:
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has criticised conditions in camps in Libya for internally displaced persons (IDPs). . . .[restrict] In its July report, just released, it says they are inadequate.
“ln some sites living conditions are wanting. In Al-Halies Camp in Benghazi, for example, water is not sufficient.” It also highlights abductions from camps, which it says have been described as “persistent”.
UNHCR has been working with the Libyan Humanitarian Relief Agency (LibAid) to improve living conditions, as well as combatting crimes against IDPs.
The commission ran various missions throughout the country last month, including visits to Mizdah, Gharian and Jufra to assess the post-conflict situation and population displacement, as well as the distribution of relief packages in Zintan, Misrata, Gharian and Sabratha.
A particular issue of focus for UNHCR is that of refugees from Syria. It is liaising with the Syrian Coordination Committee who are registering Syrians in Libya at their offices and through a mobile team, giving displaced Syrians a vital direct link with UNHCR.
The UN body says it itself registered 174 Syrian refugees in Libya in July, together with 16 Iraqis, 4 Sudanese, 3 Eritreans and 5 Somalis, and renewed the documents of 167 other individuals.