In 2011, political turmoil forced hundreds of thousands to flee violence in Libya to neighboring countries. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) called the collective effort “one of the biggest humanitarian evacuations in history.”
How Islamic Relief Donors Helped
Islamic Relief USA assisted in efforts to help provide vital services to Libyans who fled the country during the violence and to those who remained inside.
Also, IRUSA signed an agreement to support the World Health Organization’s Project for Libya Crisis. IRUSA’s contribution to the project ensured patients’ access to primary health care as well as trauma and injury care in Libya through supporting the deployment of external medical teams and provision of essential drugs, medical supplies and equipment to strengthen health care facilities and help rehabilitate health centers that are damaged.
In Tatouine, a town in Tunisia that borders Libya, IRUSA provided these vital services to Libyan refugees:
- Established four warehouses where food is collected, packaged and transported to 14 distribution centers throughout the district.
- Provided 10,000 Libyan refugees with thousands of food packs—all purchased and distributed through IRUSA funds. Each food pack include milk, oil, sugar, salt, tea, couscous, rice, pasta, green peas, tomato paste, harrisa and tuna—rations to provide healthy meals to a family of five for an entire week. This effort continues—IRUSA is supplying 10,000 Libyan refugees with food on a weekly basis.
- Administered 1,500 hygiene kits to Libyan refugees to prevent the spread of illnesses
- Distributed 750 units of baby food and other items to provide nourishment and care for infants and toddlers in the refugee camps
Islamic Relief also partnered with nine local non-government organizations (NGOs) to coordinate distribution of goods and services to Libyan refugees as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Islamic Relief established school and after-school programs for Libyan children currently living in the Ramada refugee camp in Tunisia.
- 180 students, from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, receive lessons in Arabic, mathematics, Quran studies, science and social studies.
- Children color, participate in French lessons, learn how to play musical instruments, participate in theater programs, paint and enjoy recreational activities as part of the after-school sessions.
To learn more about this special school, read “A School That Brings Smiles to Libyan Children”, a blog post by IRUSA’s public relations representative Asma Yousef.
Here are other services Islamic Relief provided after turbulence in the region first erupted:
- Organizing and pitching tents
- Providing food, water and sanitation facilities
- Delivering clothing and blankets
- Assisting in the repatriation of refugees
- Administering health care services to the injured and sick
- Running schools and after-school activities for children at levels from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade
Reports, photographs and video from the field
Read this report from Islamic Relief providing a six-month update about work for Libya, and check out this video featuring Islamic Relief team members discussing conditions in Tripoli: