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Facts and figures: the ICRC in Libya

16-02-2012 Facts and Figures

Emergency relief

In 2011, the ICRC and the Libyan Red Crescent distributed some 80,000 food packages and 85,000 kits containing other essential goods to over 300,000 displaced people and returnees.

Health care

  • Since the beginning of the conflict, the ICRC has provided 68 hospitals with emergency medical supplies, including special items for the treatment of up to 3,250 weapon-wounded patients, surgical instruments, wound-dressing materials and drugs for some chronic diseases.
  • During the conflict, the ICRC evacuated 122 wounded patients for urgently needed medical treatment (and 54 relatives accompanying them), in some cases working together with the Libyan Red Crescent.
  • The ICRC deployed four field surgical teams during the conflict, the first two in late February to Benghazi and Ajdabiya, and the other two in late August to Tripoli and later the Nefusa mountains (Yefren). The teams assisted Libyan surgeons in the treatment of war casualties.

Management of dead bodies

  • In Tripoli, Ajdabiya, Brega, the Nefusa mountains and Sirte, the ICRC provided training in the proper management and collection of dead bodies.
  • The organization provided forensic support in Al Qalaa, in the Nefusa mountains, where a mass grave was uncovered containing 35 bodies.

Water and habitat

  • The ICRC provided pumps, transformers, pipes, cables and other supplies for water and electricity systems serving 400,000 internally displaced people and residents affected by the conflict.
  • Some 20,000 people living in camps received urgently needed water and sanitation facilities.

Clearing explosive ordnance and warning about their dangers

  • In 2011, the ICRC cleared over 2,000 unexploded devices and more than 1,000 rounds of small-arms ammunition in the areas of Ajdabiya, Brega, Bani Walid, Sirte and the Nefusa mountains.
  • The organization trained approximately 300 Libyan Red Crescent volunteers and other community volunteers to deliver basic messages on the risks posed by these explosive remnants of war.

Visits to detainees

  • During 2011, the ICRC carried out 225 visits to some 14,000 people held in 100 detention facilities and provided hygiene items for 10,000 detainees.
  • At the end of 2011, following detainee releases and the closure of places of detention, the ICRC was still visiting 8,500 detainees in 68 facilities. Following the visits, the ICRC forwarded over 1,000 messages to detainees' families.

Helping restore family links and trace missing people

  • The ICRC has facilitated 23,400 phone calls enabling people to restore contact with their families after being left with no news because of the conflict.
  • Between March and August 2011, the ICRC facilitated over 89,000 phone calls for refugees and migrants in camps in neighbouring Tunisia and 16,800 calls for people in Salloum camp, Egypt.
  • In mid-2011, the ICRC worked with the Libyan Red Crescent to conduct large-scale maritime transfers, reuniting 3,250 families dispersed by the conflict.

In addition, since the conflict broke out, some 2,650 people have turned to the ICRC for help in finding out what happened to relatives they lost contact with.