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 migrants arriving at the border in Salloum. Maybe that is a consequence of the no-flight zone that was decided yesterday. We don’t know yet. The tension among the Chadian migrant workers however, who have been stuck here for up to two weeks, is growing. Some of them have been on hunger strike and refusing liquids since this morning. Another group armed itself with sticks and demanded to speak to embassy representatives. They want to go home! We are trying to calm down the situation. “Yesterday, I travelled to Salloum from Kairo. The trip by bus […]
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 terminals or railway stations. While Caritas asked about his needs, 32-year-old construction worker Salim told them how he witnessed the fighting.
“When I left the capital Tripoli the situation was very bad. I saw a lot of demonstrations and fighting. The protesters against Libyan President Qaddafi were carrying rifles and machine guns and the repression from the army was very tough. I saw people get beaten and we could hear shots.
“I didn’t feel safe there anymore, the situation was very dangerous. As a foreigner, you had to be careful not to be drawn into the unrest. […]
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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 between his fellow citizens and after four hours on the road he and his family have reached the camp this morning with his little truck stuffed with food parcels. A distribution is set up quickly, the organization in the camp is loose and today the distribution points have multiplied around the new convoys that are steadily arriving. “This is obvious: these people need help and we all can do something…while waiting and hoping the situation in Libya will have a positive ending”. He knows Caritas, or better he knows Secours Catholique-Caritas France: once a migrant […]
[slideshow]Credits: Sébastien Deschamps/Secours Catholique-Caritas France Available in French A Caritas assessment team made up of staff from Secours Catholique-Caritas France and Catholic Relief Services (CRS is a US member of Caritas) assessed this weekend the needs of migrant workers stranded on the Libyan-Tunisian border following to the social unrests in Libya. View pictures from the mission. The team sent the following account from the border: “The team arrived in Ras Ajdir on 5 March and went straight to the border to count the number of people crossing. Compared to the previous days, the number was fairly small, around a few hundred people. Most of them were from Bangladesh, the others were Egyptians, Libyans or from other African and Asian Countries.