Libya: UNICEF delivers 18 tons of aid to Misrata

1.5 mn people affected by conflict

23 April, 16:41

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 23 - A plane rented by UNICEF arrived at the Misrata airport on Tuesday in northwestern Libya with 18 tons of emergency aid of which there is dire need. UNICEF noted that this aid will make it possible to reach children suffering from the conflict and their families in Tripoli and the surrounding area and said that the conflict was affecting the life of about 1.5 million people, including half a million children. Civilians have been caught in the crossfire, leading to deaths, injured and IDPs. Abdel Rahman Ghandour, UNICEF Special Representative in Libya, noted that children and families are often the worst hit by conflict.

    He added that UNICEF and its partners have handed out water, hygiene products, emergency medical kits, and didactic and recreational kits to IDPs and families suffering from the conflict. The plane brought water, hygiene kits, water purification kits, transportable water tanks, women's hygiene kits and nutritional supplies. UNICEF is working with other UN agencies, seven national partners, two international organizations, and local authorities to meet families' needs. UNICEF has consolidated partnerships with local councils and the Tripoli crisis committee to coordinate the humanitarian response.

    In order to continue meet the growing humanitarian needs in Tripoli and western Libya, UNICEF has said 5.5 million dollars are urgently needed.(ANSAmed).

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