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From the streets of Benghazi

Libya, March 3, 2011

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My colleagues and I arrived here just hours ago to find the streets teeming with pride. Qaddafi's troops evacuated two weeks ago, and people are beginning to envision their own future.

But just a few hours away, bombs are still exploding. While we haven’t seen serious shortages yet in Benghazi, residents know that if fighting continues much longer, there could be shortage of food, medicines and other supplies.

Our team has already started meeting with Libyan community representatives and other international agencies to assess urgent needs and figure out how to help those caught up in Libya's escalating violence.

Meanwhile, another Mercy Corps assessment team is headed to Tunisia's border with Libya, where tens of thousands of refugees are in urgent need of food, water and shelter, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Keep up with what we're doing in Libya by following me on Twitter — @cassandranelson.