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Relief efforts continue in Libya

Libya, April 22, 2011

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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Continued conflict in Libya has destroyed homes and buildings, disrupted countless lives and displaced thousands of people. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps' team in Libya is continuing relief and assessment operations in two conflict-affected Libyan cities: Benghazi and Misrata.

Our immediate and most urgent focus continues to be on Misrata, a city in western Libya that is suffering heavy bombing and shelling as a result of continued fighting. Since April 13, our team has made three boat trips to Misrata — alongside the International Organization for Migration (IOM) — in order to help evacuate residents and bring relief supplies to displaced families. In collaboration with local organizations, we've delivered 1,500 blankets, 100 tents and food to those whose lives have been disrupted by warfare.

Staff on the ground in Misrata report tough conditions in and around the city; hospitals are overwhelmed and more supplies are needed.

In Benghazi, our team is also focusing on relief efforts, as well as finding ways to help local organizations strengthen their emergency responses. We're also beginning to plan for the long-term needs of displaced families and conflict-affected communities through agriculture and livelihoods programs.

Our staff is working hard to identify and meet the most urgent needs in a very challenging and violent situation. We will keep you updated on our response — please visit our Middle East Turmoil section for the latest news from our teams in Libya and throughout the region.