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Resources Libya Crisis

Postby Juno » 05 Mar 2011 15:19

I thought I would post some resources related to the escalating humanitarian situation in Libya and along the borders. According to IOM, 172,874 people, mainly migrant workers, have left Libya as of 2 March. Of those people, 79,199 went to Egypt, 91,175 to Tunisia and an estimated 2,500 to Niger. According to UNOCHA, US$35.6 million has been contributed and $10 million pledged from donors in response to the crisis.

Here is the latest 3W from UNOCHA for the emergency. According to this there are no water and sanitation agencies active in Libya itself, two water and sanitation agencies (UNICEF and Life USA) active on the Egyptian border, and three water and sanitation agencies (International Rescue Committee, the Tunisian Red Crescent, and UNICEF) active on the Tunisian border. The WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Cluster does not seem to be operational yet.

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Here are a few UNOSAT satellite images of the Tunisian Transitional Camp - 8.5 km West of the Ra's Ajdir Border.

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Here are the latest UNOCHA SitReps 1 - 4.

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Re: Resources Libya Crisis

Postby MarkButler » 05 Mar 2011 15:55

Dear Juno. The WASH Cluster has been activated for the Libya response and has met twice. Current operational WASH agencies on the ground include ICRC, IFRC, Fede, Islamic relief, Unicef, ACF, Save the Children, Secours Islamique Fr, IRC, and Premier Urgence. The WASH Cluster reports that at the moment this is just a massive evacuation intervention of adult migrant workers (less than 1% women and children) that are not vulnerable in the WASH sense however some WASH related diseases have been reported by Health agencies (scabbies, conjonctivies, prevalence 6% diarrhea). The WASH Cluster are pulling together a common strategy for sanitation, washing areas, collection of solid waste and water provision. It looks like the cat method of defecation (i.e. dig a small hole and then cover it with soil) will be promoted until proper sanitation facilities are installed.

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Re: Resources Libya Crisis

Postby Gazman » 05 Mar 2011 16:01

The cat hole sanitation method is good guidance and mentioned in the good book of Deuteronomy 21:13 "You must carry a pointed stick as part of your equipment. When you go outside to squat, dig a hole with it. When you're done, cover up your excrement."

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Re: Resources Libya Crisis

Postby mhusseiki » 06 Mar 2011 08:12

Agree what juono was saying, but we need to take into account that this crisis might last for long time, it's not Tunisia or Egypt, so we need to be better prepared and all scenarios should be taken very seriously

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Re: Resources Libya Crisis

Postby SuzQ » 06 Mar 2011 08:42

I agree with mhusseiki that we need to prepare for all possibilities and the probability that this will become long and drawn out. Here are some photos from the border taken from a UNHCR flickr page.

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Re: Resources Libya Crisis

Postby MarkButler » 08 Mar 2011 15:46

I just received this from our HQ. Here is the latest from the Tunisia border. Please find attached the minutes of the 4th WASH group meeting in addition to the contact list for agencies on the ground.

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Re: Resources Libya Crisis

Postby MarkButler » 09 Mar 2011 07:12

The Flash Appeal for the crisis has been launched. You can download the pdf here

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Re: Resources Libya Crisis

Postby mhusseiki » 11 Mar 2011 13:05

Dear all, any news about Japan?, seems to be a hudge disaster

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