Libya still suffering from violence and is in need of humanitarian assistance
Jun 9, 2011
Displacement of people due to violence continues to be a major problem in Libya, according to a new report from the United Nations. U.N. staff members recently visited areas of Libya controlled by different fractions - both government-controlled regions and rebel-controlled zones - and they found that humanitarian assistance is increasingly necessary for the displaced people.
"In many cases Libyans are hosting up to seven or eight displaced families in their homes – a situation that is almost certainly unsustainable. People have not received salaries since January and banks are not operational," said Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Edwards spoke about the next steps that the UNHCR is prepared to undertake.
"UNHCR is also ready to support the rebuilding of homes. We are also continuing to deliver regular relief by boat from Benghazi to Misrata through local partners," said Edwards.
Libya has a population of about 6.6 million people, according to the CIA World Factbook.