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At a glance: Libya


Stalked by war: A family’s journey from Syria to Libya
MISURATA, Libya, 8 May 2018 – “We have seen terrible things. Terrible,” says eight-year-old Bassam. “There were tanks everywhere, and from our house we constantly heard the sound of rifles.”

In Libya, explosive remnants of war continue to maim and kill after conflict ends
NAFUSA MOUNTAINS, Libya, 23 April 2012 – “I didn’t feel anything when it happened,” said 9-year old Mahmoud from Zintan, in the Nafusa Mountains, describing the day his right hand was lost and his left hand severely injured by a bullet he found on the ground.

Over 1.2 million Libyan children return to school after months of conflict
TRIPOLI, Libya, 13 January 2012 – On 7 January, nearly a year after conflict broke out in Libya, more than 1.2 million children returned to school, many for the first time in many months.

UNICEF provides support to Libyan youth as they return to normal life
BENGHAZI, Libya, 10 November 2011 - It's only when the camera is finally turned off, and we walk across the parade ground of what used to be Benghazi's military headquarters, that Abdul* really opens up. Around us, the buildings are little more than shells and the podium from which Moammar Gaddafi used to watch his troops, a web of twisted steel.

In the wake of the Libyan conflict, UNICEF provides support to traumatized children
BENGHAZI, Libya, 24 OCTOBER 2011 – Four-year-old Omar Salem lies in a hospital bed, his tiny body covered in scars. One freshly healed wound traces its way down the full length of his torso, serving as a permanent reminder of the day he almost died.

Communities band together to reopen schools damaged in the Libyan conflict
AJDABIYA, Libya, 17 October 2011 – Burnt out tanks, armoured cars and spent ammunition shells line the road between Benghazi and Ajdabiya, an apocalyptic landscape left by the battles that took place here only weeks ago. After residents of Ajdabiya fled the conflict, the military occupied the town’s abandoned schools, which, in turn, made them prime targets for attack.

UNICEF aims to ensure that schools throughout Libya are open in September
BENGHAZI, Libya, 14 September 2011 – Unable to attend school due to the uprising in mid-February, Hesham, 10, has been temporarily minding a family-run shoe shop in Meydan Albaladya, near Benghazi’s city centre. The majority of schools have been closed across Libya since the first days of the conflict, affecting the lives of an estimated two million children.

Emergency aid arrives as UNICEF and partners work to restore Libya’s water system
TRIPOLI, Libya, 2 September 2011 – The fighting in Libya, particularly in the past weeks, has left the capital short of water and fuel. The disruption of the water supply to Tripoli through the country’s ‘Great Man-Made River’ pipeline system has left approximately 4 million people without potable tap water.

UNICEF acts to stave off potential water crisis caused by fuel shortages in Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya, 29 August 2011 – As sporadic fighting continues across Libya, the country is facing a potentially disastrous water shortage. The crisis results mainly from disruptions of the pipeline network that serves desert areas lacking local water sources.

Of bullets and blackboards: Libya’s war-weary children hope for return to the classroom
BENGHAZI, Libya, 26 July 2011 – Aisha and Aya in Benghazi, Hassan in Al-Bayda and Haya from Nalut all tell me the same thing: They want to go back to school. In fact, virtually every child I speak with in Libya expresses hope for a return to the classroom as soon as possible.

Libya’s other crisis: 2 million children at physical and emotional risk as conflict drags on
BENGAZHI, Libya, 12 July 2011 – After months of media coverage of the conflict in Libya, one could be forgiven for thinking that the country is devoid of children. The vast majority of images in the media feature soldiers on the front lines, a defiant Muammar Gaddafi, NATO fighter jets streaking across the skies, and queues of mostly male migrant workers crossing the borders into Tunisia and Egypt.

Field diary: Protecting children from unexploded ordnance in Libya's conflict zone
MISRATA, Libya, 6 June 2011 – Two young boys, both severely injured by explosive remnants of war, lay beside each other in the field hospital aboard a relief ship in the eastern Libyan port of Misrata.

In the city of Misrata, children bear the brunt of the ongoing Libyan conflict
MISRATA, Libya, 6 June 2011 – On a hospital bed in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, five-year-old Malak Al-Shami flicks through pictures of her brother and sister on her father’s laptop. Three weeks ago the three children were asleep at home when a rocket smashed through the ceiling of their house.

Teaching Libyan children the devastating effects of explosive remnants of war
BENGHAZI, Libya, 31 May 2011 – Around 30 young boys are hovering expectantly outside a community centre. They peer over each other’s shoulders to try to get a better look at the cardboard boxes filled with pictures.

UNICEF provides shelter and sanitation to families and children displaced by conflict in Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya, 25 May 2011 – Young boys are playing football in the yard and a group of girls are skipping to ring-a-roses in the far corner while their parents look on. A fourteen-year-old boy in a wheelchair is sitting in the shade talking to a group of friends.

Child injuries highlight devastating effects of conflict in Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya, 24 May 2011 – Ayman Ali, 14, is lying on a stretcher bed in the medical tent of a boat arriving into Benghazi’s port from Misrata. Both his wrists are heavily bandaged and his eyes stare out ahead of him.

Child-friendly spaces provide refuge for families in war-torn Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya, 20 May 2011 – Etaj, 11, and Hanni, 12, (not their real names), are taking their drawing very seriously amid the surrounding clatter of chairs and chatter of other children.

A UNICEF transit camp school brings hope to children on the Tunisia-Libya border
RAS JDIR, Tunisia, 12 May 2011 – Gleaming in the sunshine, the white tent of the new UNICEF-supported school at Shousha camp in Ras Jdir stands like a beacon of hope.

UNICEF provides relief for families fleeing the Libyan conflict at a transit camp in Tunisia
RAS JDIR, Tunisia, 11 May 2011 – At first glance, it is difficult to imagine that Fatmah, 15, a native of Niger, is already a mother of two, though early marriages are not uncommon among Nigeriens.

Psycho-social support helps heal a young family at the Egypt-Libya border
SALLOUM, Egypt, 29 April 2011 – Adam (not his real name), his wife, mother-in-law and four young daughters fled the Libyan city of Benghazi late last month.

Providing psycho-social support for displaced children in southern Tunisia
DEHIBAT, Tunisia, 27 April 2011 – One month ago, Marwa, 11, was a fifth grade student at Nafousa school in western Libya, But when fighting came closer to her home in Nalut, schools closed and she was forced to stay home. Recent threats of shelling of her town left Marwa and her family with no other option but to join thousands of Libyans who have fled to neighbouring Tunisia.

Nine-year-old boy, injured in Misrata fighting, reflects risks facing Libyan children
BENGHAZI, Libya, 26 April 2011 – First there was an explosion, but what made Mr. Mohamed jump were the screams. Shrieks and cries have become frighteningly familiar for residents of the western Libyan city of Misrata, but this was a singular scream. This was the voice of Mr. Mohamed’s son, Mufteh.

UNICEF delivers more supplies to embattled Misrata
AMMAN, Jordan, 20 April 2011 – A ship carrying UNICEF life-saving supplies reached the port of Misrata in western Libya today.

UNICEF on the ground in Benghazi, as Libyan children face increasing threat
BENGHAZI, Libya, 19 April 2011 – Before intense fighting engulfed the western Libyan city of Misrata some 50 days ago, Dava (not her real name), 5, would play dress-up and make beaded necklaces. In this, she was probably typical of most five year olds living in Misrata.

A young man flees to Tunisia and finds hope in wake of Libyan violence
RAS JDIR, Tunisia, 12 April 2011—For Suleiman (not his real name), 15, the recent conflict in Libya is just the latest in a series of misfortunes that have plagued his young life. Four years ago, war separated him from his parents in Somalia.

UNICEF provides relief at the Egyptian border as thousands of families flee violence in Libya
SALLOUM, Egypt, 4 April 2011 – Escaping the crisis in Libya, tens of thousands of families have been arriving at the Salloum crossing on the Egypt-Libya border. Some have been travelling for days with little food and water as they struggle to head back to their countries of origin.

Emergency support for migrants on the Tunisia-Libya border
RAS JDIR, Tunisia, 9 March 2011 – Desperate to earn money for her family, Joy left her four-year-old son in her mother’s care in Nigeria two years ago and moved to Libya to work as a cleaner. Now, seven and a half months pregnant, she is sitting in a camp at the Tunisia-Libya border, waiting for a plane to take her home.

UNICEF and partners accelerate humanitarian response to Libyan crisis
NEW YORK, USA, 3 March 2011 – As tens of thousands flee into Egypt and Tunisia to escape the escalating conflict in Libya, UNICEF is sending relief supplies to help meet the immediate needs of women and children at risk. In support of this emergency effort, the organization is appealing for $7.2 million in additional funding.




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