Wednesday 03 August 2011
ShelterBox working in partnership to distribute aid in Libya
Emergency shelter and classroom equipment arrive in Libya to help displaced families.
Civil unrest in Libya has led to an urgent and growing humanitarian crisis. Conflict has destroyed buildings and caused many families to flee their homes.
Whilst hundreds of thousands of people have left the country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has reported that over 200,000 people who have been displaced remain in Libya and that there are rising humanitarian concerns for people in the conflict-affected areas.
ShelterBox has formed a partnership with the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development and the Libyan Red Crescent Society to safely deliver 150 ShelterBoxes and 300 tents to the people most in need. In addition 50 boxes containing classroom equipment will be distributed in September to schools affected by the conflict to ensure that they can reopen in time for the start of the new academic year.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Mark Pearson (UK) and Rikke Jacobsen (DK) safely delivered the aid to ShelterBox partner organisations in Libya who will oversee its distribution.
Mark Pearson, ShelterBox Field Operations Specialist, reported: ‘There is obviously a huge need for support for people caught up in this conflict and ShelterBox want to help in any way we can. We are working with our partners in the city of Misrata in Libya to make sure that shelter and equipment can be distributed safely and effectively as and when they are needed.’