The United Nations with the support of local partners in Libya have organised training workshops to teach cadres from the cities of Tawergha and Misrata psychological and psychosocial support methods. The cadres will then be a part of a centre which delivers psychological support to locals in the two cities.
Following the reconciliation efforts between the cities of Tawergha and Misrata, the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has organised several workshops for psychological and psychosocial support in Libya. The first workshop held in the headquarters of the Tawergha Reconciliation Commission aimed to form a cadre of Tawerghans and Misratans who can carry out the psychological support sessions throughout the two cities.
“This workshop is a preparatory and training workshop for the session which will be held on the 12th of next month,” said Yousif al-Zirzah, the director of the Tawergha-Misrata Reconciliation. “This training includes a selection of trainers who will train at this centre in the future.”
The cadres will be working in the psychological and psychosocial support centre which will be headquartered in the city of Taminah, located in the outskirts of Misrata and about 20 kilometers west of Tawergha. Taminah is seen as the halfway point and ideal location for both sides. “This workshop is for psychosocial support and aims to develop the centre which is now being established in Taminah,” said al-Zirzah.
The centre in Taminah, which is 70% complete, is scheduled to be opened in early 2019.
These efforts by the UN to aid in the reconciliation and rehabilitation of the citizens of Tawergha and Misrata is essential following the historical agreement that the two cities reached in June 2018.
Following the conflict that broke out in 2011, the residents of Tawergha remained loyal to the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi, while Misrata became one of the leading cities in the revolution. This resulted in many clashes between the residents of the two cities. During these clashes, there were widespread reports of human rights violations.
After Gaddafi fell, atrocities and brutal crimes, including the mutilation of fighters, were reported from Misrata and Tawergha.
This led to over 40,000 residents of Tawergha to be displaced for over seven years in the Libyan Desert.
Following the signing of the peace agreement between the cities, the displaced Tawarghans were finally able to return to their city and start reconstruction.
Thus, programs like the UN psychological support initiative, are very significant and necessary in order to mend relations between the two cities.