UNICEF: More than 10,000 children affected by the conflict in Tripoli

North Africa

More than 25,000 people - 40% of them children - have been displaced by the latest series of clashes in and around Tripoli.

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been active in alleviating the problems arising out of the displacement of thousands of children from their homes in Tripoli following the military clashes in and around the city over the past two months.

The issues facing the children, as well as other people that have been displaced from Tripoli, include shortages in food, water, electricity and medicine. Schools are being converted into shelters for the children.

UNICEF has said that it has helped more than 2,000 children by providing recreational, psychological and social activities in Janzur, Tripoli, Ain Zara and Tajura. Nevertheless, it still requires 500,000 dollars to cover the needs of displaced families in Tripoli, saying there was a funding gap of 60%.

The UN agency has expressed concern about measles outbreaks and the lack of health services. It has stated that more than 500 people, mostly children, have been infected and that UNICEF will expand the emergency alert.

UNICEF had earlier stated that militia groups in Tripoli were recruiting children to participate in the battles. According to UNICEF’s Middle East and North Africa Director, Geert Cappelaere, the fighting also risked the lives of 500,000 children living in the capital.

The UN-brokered ceasefire, which was put in place in the hope of ending the clashes, has allowed the return of some residents back to the areas affected by the fighting.

Nevertheless, factional violence in and around the capital city of Libya, Tripoli, has prevented the progression of the political process in the country. The ceasefire between the combating sides was agreed upon on the 4th September, but it has been violated repeatedly and has also led to a high number of civilian deaths.

The recent fighting in and around Tripoli has mainly involved the Seventh Brigade, a militia group based in Tarhouna, militiamen from Misrata, and the Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigades as well as the Nawasi Brigade.

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