Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 March 2011

Civil unrest in North Africa and Middle East / IFRC calls on the international community to support its action as humanitarian situation deteriorates

 


 

 

 

Civil unrest in North Africa and Middle East / IFRC calls on the international community to support its action as humanitarian situation deteriorates

 

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 1, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is urgently calling on the international community to support its preliminary emergency appeal of 4.5 million Swiss francs as part of an international humanitarian response to meet the emergency needs of people fleeing the violent unrest in Libya.

This initial appeal is intended to cover the urgent needs of people who are fleeing from Libya into neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt. Relief efforts will include the provision of first-aid and hygiene kits, emergency medical care for the wounded, and the provision of food, water and sanitation.

In full support to the Tunisian and Egyptian Red Crescent Societies, the IFRC will also dispatch emergency shelter and relief items to be distributed at different points on the border with Egypt and Tunisia to nationals from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, China, South-East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, who are all fleeing the violence in Libya.

“The situation in Libya, and more generally in the region, is serious and has the potential to deteriorate,” says the IFRC’s Under-Secretary General, Matthias Schmale. “We highly commend all involved, especially Egyptians and Tunisians, who, in the name of humanity and solidarity, are helping those fleeing the troubled areas in Libya. We also urge the international community to provide timely support to those countries repatriating their citizens.”

The IFRC’s appeal will complement the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) preliminary appeal, which supports National Societies to establish and restore family links to those stranded on the border, as well as provide other vital emergency assistance inside Libya.

As of 27 February, it was estimated that approximately 40,000 people had crossed the border from Libya into Tunisia, whilst reports of those who have crossed the Egyptian border, mainly Egyptians, to 60,000.

The IFRC stresses the need for all parties in the region to resolve their differences through dialogue rather than violence, and at the same time, facilitate humanitarian access to those in need in order to preserve the lives and dignity of all involved.

 

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International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


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