Libya

Smuggled and trafficked: leaving Cameroon, surviving Libya and getting to Italy

Smuggled and trafficked: leaving Cameroon, surviving Libya and getting to Italy

Elvine, 37, paid 6,000 Euro to people smugglers to make the tough journey through the desert from Cameroon to Libya, passing through Chad, Niger, Mali and Libya. She was heading for Tripoli where a family friend had offered to give her refuge.

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Caritas response to Libyan conflict

Caritas members from around the world have been mobilized to support migrants and Libyans fleeing unrest in Libya. Around 328,000 people have so far fled from conflict in Libya according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Most of them left the country passing through Egypt and Tunisia. Caritas has sent two Emergency Response Teams ...

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Caritas mission at the Salloum border camp [Photo gallery]

Thousands of migrant workers fleeing Libya have been stranded in a camp in Salloum on the Libyan-Egyptian border while waiting for their repatriation. The Caritas emergency aid team is still distributing several thousand meals per day, monitoring the flow of migrants at the border and providing special care to families and children. Pictures by Fred ...

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Massive departures at the Salloum border camp

Massive departures at the Salloum border camp

Yesterday, a lot of people had to pack their stuff at the Salloum border camp. Salloum looked like a crowded, badly-organised coach station. Dozens of buses were obstructing the access to the camp. There has been a lot of movement here in the last days. A lot of people could finally leave.

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The story of Samer and Maryam, Palestinian migrants fleeing from Libya

The story of Samer and Maryam, Palestinian migrants fleeing from Libya

Two weeks ago, Samer started his journey back home. From Bengazi in Libya, he left for Egypt. Walking is difficult for the old man, but he wanted to leave Libya while it was still possible, before the city would be surrounded by the government’s troops.

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Growing tension among migrants in the Salloum border camp

Growing tension among migrants in the Salloum border camp

Credits: Fred Lauener/Caritas Switzerland Fred Lauener from Caritas Switzerland arrived in Salloum on the Libyan-Egyptian border on Thursday to support the ongoing Caritas emergency aid distributions for migrants fleeing the violence in Libya.  Here are some of his accounts from the last days. (Read his original blogs in German) “Today, there have hardly been any ...

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“Staying in Libya far too dangerous”

“Staying in Libya far too dangerous”

Migrants can call their families for free on arrival through Caritas and its partner OKUP. Credits: OKUP Caritas Bangladesh and its partner organisation OKUP are providing assistance to Bangladeshi migrant workers fleeing the social unrests in Libya on their arrival at Dhaka airport. Returnees are given some money, food and transport facilities to reach bus ...

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A surge of solidarity at the Tunisian-Libyan border

A surge of solidarity at the Tunisian-Libyan border

Available in French Caritas staff Suzanna Tcalek and Sébastien Dechamps met Hassen and his family during their evaluation mission at the Tunisian-Libyan border. (See an account of the mission and view more pictures) “Hassen runs a little commerce in the city of Mansura some three hundred kilometers from the border. He has mobilized a collection ...

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