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Libya: ICRC distribution to Sub-Saharan Africans in abandoned military port west of Tripoli

06-09-2011 News Footage Ref. V-F-CR-F-01104 B

The ICRC is concerned about the stigmatization of Sub-Saharan Africans and also certain Libyan communities and would like to remind that civilians, whatever their nationality, political affiliation or race, should be respected and protected at all times.

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The ICRC is concerned about the stigmatization of Sub-Saharan Africans and also certain Libyan communities and would like to remind that civilians, whatever their nationality, political affiliation or race, should be respected and protected at all times.


On 5 September, the ICRC together with the Libyan Red Crescent, distributed hygiene kits to 1000 Sub Saharan Africans who sought refuge in the military port of Sidi Bilal, west of Tripoli. They are staying in abandoned fishing boats. Food supplies will be delivered to them in the coming days by the Libyan Red Crescent.


During the past week, the ICRC has addressed the needs of this vulnerable community with the local council, focusing on water supply, hygiene, food and health care. With a view to find a long-term solution for their safety and security, a report with recommendations was submitted to high level authorities.


Sidi Bilal was a dangerous place for these people to stay. ICRC experts in explosive ordinances disposal have secured 62 antitank mines and 10 sea-mines for a total of 3000 to 5000 kg found in the camp.
The ICRC is working with the local authorities to restore the supply of potable water.


The ICRC continues to coordinate the assistance to these vulnerable people with the Libyan Red Crescent, other humanitarian actors and the local council.

SHOTLIST

5.9.2011 - Sedee Belal, west of Tripoli, Libya

0:00 Wide of Sedee Belal, an abandoned fishing port 27 kms west of Tripoli

0:03 Fishing boats, now homes for a thousand stranded migrant workers

0:08 A group of men sitting in a boat's shade

0:14 Men and women waiting for distribution of hygienic items from an ICRC lorry

0:18 ICRC delegates and Libyan Red Crescent members organizing the distribution

0:25 Libyan Red Crescent member and a small boy sitting under a lorry waiting for distribution

0:29 Distribution of ICRC hygienic kits

1:05 A group of women divide among themselves the hygienic kit contents.  Small child looks on

1:12 A group of men dividing among themselves the hygienic kit contents

1:22 SOUNDBITE Soaade Messoudi ICRC delegate (in English):
"These people have been stigmatized.  They are stranded here. They cannot leave the country. They don't want to stay here and it is very difficult for them to get into Tripoli in order to get some food or anything else. So they are in a precarious situation, that's why we are here. We are now distributing hygienic kits and we are going to distribute food as well together with our colleagues from the Libyan Red Crescent."

1:49 SOUNDBITE Brigitte Meng Comninos, ICRC delegate (in French):
"Cette population consiste en environ mille personnes d'origine africaine, de plusieurs nationalités mais principalement Nigériens qui ont fuit le combat de Tripoli et de fait qu'ils sont noirs sont stigmatisés actuellement dans le cadre de la dynamique qui existe en Libye. On a assisté cette population d'abord en décontaminant et en nettoyant la région dans laquelle ils se sont réfugies qui est ici derrière nous en matière d'explosifs qui créent un danger pour eux.  De même qu'on a demandé une intervention des autorités locales pour renforcer leur sécurité. On a aussi fait une intervention en matière d'assistance non alimentaire en leur fournissant aujourd'hui une distribution de produits hygiéniques et on a également rétabli le système d'eau, de l'approvisionnement en eau du camp".

2:46 END

For further information, please contact:
Soaade Messoundi, ICRC Tripoli, tel: + 881 622 435 156 / + 218 913 066 198
Steven Anderson, ICRC Geneva, tel: + 41 79 536 92 50 / + 41 22 730 20 11


  • Copyright: ICRC access all
  • Release year: 2011
  • Production locations: Sedee Belal, west of Tripoli, Libya
  • Running time: 2'46 min
  • Languages available: (Sound) English, French
  • Reference: V-F-CR-F-01104 B

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