Aid & Development

Local organisations provide Ramadan relief for IDPs in Libya

North Africa

Thanks to the contributions of donors, the Zakat Fund Office in Ghadames has been able to distribute food aid to needy and displaced families in the Holy month of Ramadan.

The Zakat Fund Office in the Libyan town of Ghadames has begun a campaign to provide baskets for poor and displaced families during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ghadames, which is located in western Libya on the borders with Algeria and Tunisia, is a predominately Berber town that contains over 10,000 inhabitants.

In recent weeks, Ghadames has hosted families who have been displaced due to the ongoing clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, located northwest of the town on the coast.

According to the UN, 78,000 people have been displaced so far due to the fighting between fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord and those loyal to the Libyan National Army.

Those taking part in the campaign are providing baskets of food containing essential items such as oil, tomatoes and sugar, as well as small amounts of money.

The campaign mirrors similar initiatives taking place during the holy month of Ramadan, a month associated with charitable acts. Outside of Tripoli, Libyans have come together to house those displaced by the nearby conflict.

“We thank the donors and all those who have contributed, ensuring that Zakat has reached all those who deserve it,” said one of the volunteers taking part. “Most of the distributed food aid was obtained from charities and Zakat funds. This campaign will continue until the needs of the poor and needy families, as well as Ghadames’s displaced guests, are met.”