Mercy Corps' program in Libya closed in May 2014 after providing emergency support for humanitarian needs during the country's internal conflict. Over three years, we supported Libyan efforts to protect vulnerable communities and peacefully build a secure foundation for good governance and economic opportunity.
Although the fighting has stopped since the March 2011 uprising, there are still obstacles to Libya's recovery and democratization. Civil society is weak and should be strengthened to build the necessary components of good governance.
Unfortunately, while the country still needs large amounts of support for reconstruction, the response of the international community has not materialized in a way that can facilitate Mercy Corps' work. This scenario influenced the decision to suspend our work in Libya.
- Economic opportunity: Provided recent graduates and young jobseekers with marketable vocational and technical skills
- Conflict & Governance: Equipped local leaders with negotiation and conflict management tools to help promote a peaceful transition from authoritarian rule
- Emergency response: Monitored and responded to emergency humanitarian and protection needs of vulnerable displaced populations with local institutions
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Libya: Metamorphosis of a parking lot
During the holy month of Ramadan, kids here had an opportunity to leave their homes after months of instability and enjoy the evenings with friends and family.
Libya: Helping children heal
I recently caught up with Dr. Omar Reda, a Libyan-American psychiatrist who’s helping Mercy Corps set up psychosocial programs for children affected by the conflict there.
Libya: Beyond Gaddafi: Libya's governance context
More than 6.4 million Libyans are living out a historic transition: emerging from 42 years of harsh authoritarianism towards a democratic state wherein the people are the source of authority.
Libya: Response team assessing needs in Tripoli
We now have a five-person response team in Tripoli, visiting hospitals, assessing general humanitarian needs and meeting with other emergency relief groups such as the Libyan Red Crescent.
Libya: Humanitarian response continues as rebels enter Tripoli
As events in Libya's capital continue to unfold, Mercy Corps is monitoring the situation closely in anticipation of meeting urgent humanitarian needs after the conflict ceases. And we continue to aid Libyans in several other conflict-affected areas.
Egypt, Libya, West Bank and Gaza: Reasons for hope
For much of July, I visited Mercy Corps' country programs in the West Bank and Gaza, Egypt and Libya. On my return, I wanted to share my thoughts on the challenges we face there and also the reasons that I came away hopeful. At the political level, things are fairly bleak.
Libya: 'Our children need help to deal with this'
As we pulled out of the Benghazi port into the clear, blue waters of the Mediterranean, it seemed more like we were on Greek island cruise than an International Organization for Migration (IOM) boat headed for the city of Misrata, Libya.
Libya: Mercy Corps and Taiwan ICDF provide food assistance in Libya
It’s been almost four months since the unrest in Libya began. Prompted by civilian demonstrations fueled by over 40 years of Gaddafi’s tyrannical rule and looking to bring forth a new regime, the peaceful protests escalated into violence as Gaddafi’s forces quickly tried to squelch the uprising.
Libya: Acting now while planning for Libya's long-term needs
As the crisis in Libya nears the four-month mark, Mercy Corps has stepped up both immediate assistance and long-term support to Libyan families.
Libya: Humanitarian corridor to Misurata urgently needed
Mercy Corps is urgently appealing for the immediate establishment of a secure humanitarian corridor into Misurata, Libya.