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UNHCR says Libya is in a humanitarian crisis

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Interview. ‘For months now, we have been saying that Libya is not a safe country, but now the situation has taken a sharp turn for the worse.’

written by Carlo Lania

Topic Refugees

Also filed under interview


April 17, 2019

Last week, when speaking about the Libyan crisis and what this means for the thousands of refugees and migrants in the North African country, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi described the situation in the starkest possible terms: “The risks to their lives are growing by the hour. They must be urgently brought to safety.”

For the benefit of those predisposed to feigning misunderstanding, he added: “Simply put: this is a matter of life or death.”

On Monday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) published the latest numbers of those affected by the crisis: 18,250 displaced persons and at least 3,600 migrants detained in the centers managed by Tripoli. “There is a humanitarian crisis in Libya, and in these cases, the most important and urgent duty is to get the people to safety,” Carlotta Sami, UNHCR’s spokesperson for Southern........

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