UNICEF supplies arrive near Tunisian-Libyan border
RAS JEDIR, Tunisia, 15 March 2011 – Some 47 tons of UNICEF supplies have arrived in the town of Ben Guerdane near the Tunisian-Libyan border, to cover needs in the areas of health, child protection, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.
“As more families are crossing the border to flee the violence, UNICEF and partners are stepping up their response to meet their humanitarian needs,” said Maria-Luisa Fornara, UNICEF representative in Tunisia.
UNICEF is also gearing up for an immediate response inside Libya, as soon as access is allowed and the security situation permits.
The supplies currently available near the border include:
The Choucha camp on the Tunisian-Libyan border is currently home to an estimated 300 families and 120 children, most of them under the age of two. To avoid any possible outbreak of disease, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with UNICEF and other partners on the ground, launched a campaign today to vaccinate children against common childhood diseases.
While the number of families fleeing Libya is relatively small, UNICEF remains concerned about the situation across the border and the impact of the violence on the well-being of women and children. UNICEF echoes the United Nations’ Secretary-General’s call for to the violence to stop and for humanitarian access to Libya to be allowed.
Reports that children and adolescents are taking part in the hostilities are particularly alarming. UNICEF urges all parties to ensure that children’s rights are protected at all times.
For further information, please contact:
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa,