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 to the Libyan-Egyptian and the Libyan-Tunisian borders and is providing emergency aid such as food, health care and counseling to thousands of stranded migrants.
“On Saturday, we still counted more than 6,000 people in the camp. Monday evening, only around 2,500 were left”, reported Fred Lauener from Salloum on the Libyan-Egyptian border, where repatriation of stranded migrants has been increased over the last days.
“However, it should still take a while until the last family will have left Salloum. And till then, we as Caritas will be needed here.”
In addition to its presence on the Libyan borders, Caritas is working in close collaboration with its national member organisations in Libya, with neighbours Egypt, Tunisia and Niger. Caritas is also helping the migrants resettle in countries such as Bangladesh.