CWS emergency appeal: Support to people affected by the conflict in Libya

Violence resulting from the armed conflict between the Libyan military and opposition forces has caused more than 376,000 persons, mainly migrant workers, to flee Libya since February. The exodus has created a situation of dire need for families in Libya, Egypt and along the Tunisia-Libya border. ACT Alliance members are preparing to provide on-the-ground humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance, including humanitarian support for the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict.

Situation:

Violence resulting from the armed conflict between the Libyan military and opposition forces has caused more than 376,000 persons, mainly migrant workers, to flee Libya since February. More than 190,000 of them have crossed into Tunisia, more than 154,000 have fled to Egypt and the balance of the displaced people have gone to Algeria, Niger, Chad and Sudan.  The exodus from troubled Libya has created a situation of dire need for families in Libya, Egypt and along the Tunisia-Libya border.

In response to the situation members of the ACT Alliance are preparing to provide on-the-ground humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance on the Tunisia-Libya border, in Egypt and inside Libya, including humanitarian support for the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict.

Background:

The Libyan military has been fighting opposition forces attempting to overthrow the government of Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi since Feb. 16. The fighting in Libya is a continuation of a wave of civil unrest across North Africa. 

In neighboring Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down on Feb. 11.  His ouster followed more than two weeks of demonstrations, riots and strikes by hundred of thousands of protestors calling for democratic reform. 

In the wake of the Libyan turmoil, Egyptians and others – mainly migrant workers from countries in the region – who had been living and working in Libya have been exiting the country in waves.  Most of them have left with no money, no possessions and no hope of finding jobs when they return home.

The influx of penniless, jobless returnees to communities already wracked by high unemployment means that more and more families are finding it impossible to meet their basic needs, including food and clothing.  In Egypt, communities in the governorates of Beni Suef, Minia, Greater Cairo and in Upper and Lower Egypt have all been badly affected.

CWS response:

Church World Service is supporting efforts of fellow ACT Alliance members to deal with the crisis.  CWS support will be designated to help ACT member Christian Aid and its local partners in Egypt address the basic needs of returnees and their families in 17 dioceses across Egypt.  The response also will include programs to address the psycho-social needs of returnees and those affected by the violence in Libya. 

The CWS-supported efforts include four components:

  1. Generating income for affected vulnerable households through a cash for work program to enable them to meet their basic needs;
  2. Creating assets and providing services that benefit the community;
  3. Addressing basic needs identified in local communities through the use of a voucher system;
  4. Addressing psycho-social needs of returnees and those affected by the violence in Libya.

Specifics:

The income generation program will serve 2,888 persons in vulnerable households that contain people willing to work but unable to find jobs, thereby making it possible for them to earn money to care for themselves and their families.

Community assets will be improved through the creation of paying jobs such as cleaning local streets, painting schools, planting trees and cleaning water tanks.

The voucher program will help meet the basic needs of 3,500 affected families, including returnees from Libya and people affected by the violence in Egypt. The vouchers – restricted to food and specific non-food items – will be distributed to women, allowing them to have greater control over household budgeting and to others who contribute to improvements to community assets. 

The psycho-social program will use psychologists, social workers and trained volunteers to provide group and individual interventions targeting vulnerable people in the regions of Upper Egypt, Middle Egypt, Ben-Suef & Greater Cairo, and Lower Egypt.

Budget:

Total budget of this effort is $615,789 for which CWS hopes to raise up to $100,000 of support.  The budget includes:  $250,000 for Cash for Work; $165,500 in food vouchers; $200,289 for psycho-social services, training programs and operational costs.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support the CWS humanitarian relief effort for people affected by the conflict in Libya may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515, Attention: Appeal 6826, Support to People Affected by the Conflict in Libya.

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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