The United States continues to be a leader in supporting relief efforts on the ground in and around Libya. The U.S. has to date pledged a total of $47million in emergency assistance for the humanitarian needs of conflict victims, vulnerable migrants, and others displaced by the increasing civil unrest in Libya.
Third country nationals who have fled the violence in Libya continue to require evacuation to their home countries. The United States is working with these countries, the International Organization for Migration, or IOM, and other international partners to assist these people to go home.
The U.S. is providing $13 million to IOM to support the transportation of thousands of people from Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia who fled Libya and are now in Tunisia and Egypt. Seven million dollars in U.S. funds are going to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is working in both Tunisia and Egypt, including managing the transit center in Tunisia near the Tunisia-Libya border that is currently providing basic services to thousands of migrants. Another $7million is for the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist their efforts in meeting humanitarian needs in the region arising from the unrest and armed confrontations in Libya.
The United States has set aside up to $10 million to support international and non-governmental organizations, operating inside Libya, ensuring that health facilities in eastern Libya have adequate medical supplies and staff.
The United States has approved a $10 million contribution to the World Food Program. The aid will help meet the need for food of those who have fled Libya into Tunisia and Egypt, and to pre-position food to assist those who are most vulnerable to a deterioration of humanitarian conditions within Libya. The United States has also deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to the region to identify humanitarian needs on the ground and to coordinate the international efforts to provide humanitarian assistance as quickly as possible.
The United States is committed to working with the United Nations, the European Union and other European partners, the Arab League, the African Union, and Libya’s neighbors to meet the humanitarian needs of the people in the region.