Aid is being distributed to Libyan families who have fled Tawergha and Benghazi, as well as displaced Tuareg people who are still living outside the camps.
With the arrival of winter, the Libyan Relief Agency has begun distributing aid to displaced people throughout the country. The aid being distributed is alleviating the suffering of thousands of families who have fled the cities of Tawergha and Benghazi, in addition to the Tuareg people, who are a semi-nomadic people that largely inhabit parts of southwestern Libya.
The initiative launched by the Libyan Relief Agency to deliver blankets, coats and other necessities to the displaced people comes in coordination with other local aid organisation.
“Today, we are distributing winter aid according to the agreement between the Libyan relief agency and the Organization of the High Commissioner for Refugees,” said one of the officials responsible for the distribution process. “The aid is distributed to 1,550 displaced families outside the camps [and the aid] included heaters, winter coats, children’s raincoats, shoes, personal care kits for women, and sheets.”
While Libya is beginning to see relative security, thousands of families continue to live in displacement due to the lack of services and potential threats that they might face upon their return.
Families that have been displaced have suffered immensely in the IDP camps due to the lack of aid distribution. As a result, the initiative by the Libyan Relief Agency was a glimpse of hope for many of the IDPs.
“We thank the relief agency for what they have provided us,” said one of the displaced residents who received the aid. “We live outside the camps, and we thank them for providing this aid to our brothers who live outside the camps.”
During the past year, reconciliation efforts have been launched throughout the country to encourage displaced people to return safely to their areas.
The most recent reconciliation agreement came earlier this year between the cities of Tawergha and Misrata. The two cities, which have been at odds since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, finally came to a reconciliation agreement, allowing the return of over 40,000 Tawerghans back to the city.
While the distribution of aid to displaced people is crucial at this point, political leaders and civil society organisations should make an effort to encourage further reconciliation agreements and the rehabilitation of infrastructure, to facilitate the return of the IDPs back to their homes and cities.