UNHCR Distributes Hygiene Kits to over 1,800 Displaced Families in Libya


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that it completed a distribution round of hygiene kits to more than 1,800 displaced families.

In a thread on its Twitter account, it added: “In cooperation with partner the Libyan Humanitarian Relief Agency (LibAid), more than 1,100 Tawerghan displaced families were reached in eight settlements in Benghazi, in addition to 157 displaced families in Ejdabia and 463 displaced families in Derna.”

UNHCR noted that more than 110 refugees departed from Libya during March. It added that this was “implemented through resettlement to third countries, and complementary pathways including family reunification and private sponsorships.”

More than 4,200 individuals have been reported as rescued, or intercepted by the Libyan authorities in 2023.

As of 9 April, 4,261 people are estimated to be in detention centres across Libya, of whom more than 1,000 are from UNHCR registers in Libya. Visits were carried out to Abu Salim, Triq Al-Sikka, and Ain Zara detention centers, and more than 130 medical consultations were undertaken. Through its partner, LibAid, UNHCR provided blankets, hygiene kits, baby kits, baby diapers, socks, boots, and jackets at the Ganfouda detention centre.

UNHCR, with partners, continues to provide help and services to some of the most vulnerable asylum-seekers and refugees.

Earlier, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) distributed hygiene kits, blankets, tracksuits, slippers, soap, and adult diapers to 65 individuals, including 18 women and 18 children, at the Community Day Centre (CDC).

Partner, CESVI provided emergency cash assistance to 35 refugee and asylum-seeker households (58 individuals) at the CDC.

Since the beginning of 2023, a total of 854 households (1,639 individuals) have received emergency cash assistance.

Since 2017, UNHCR has resettled more than 3,300 people in Europe, Canada, and Australia. UNHCR added it was “grateful to the relevant Libyan authorities for their support in facilitating necessary formalities for these departures, and continues to urge countries to provide more legal pathways to help some of the most vulnerable asylum-seekers and refugees reach safety out of Libya.“