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
All stories about Libya
Libya, Kosovo: Mercy Corps mourns death of former colleague in Libya April 21, 2011
Mercy Corps is mourning the loss of photojournalist Chris Hondros, who was killed by a mortar blast along with his colleague Tim Hetherington on Wednesday in Misurata, Libya.
Libya: Uneasiness on a boat to Misrata, Libya April 18, 2011
My first long boat trip. I normally don't suffer from motion sickness but, on this trip, I was a little nervous. Fifteen hours and much work to be done on the boat — then even more work once we hit the ground.
Libya: Volunteer cook for thousands April 18, 2011
In Sami Shakmak's restaurant, a volunteer cook makes part of a meal for thousands of people affected by Libya's ongoing crisis.
Libya: Hot meals for Libya's poor and displaced April 18, 2011
Libya: Aiding Misrata April 17, 2011
Mercy Corps is assisting humanitarian evacuations of besieged residents of Misrata, a city in western Libya that has seen heavy fighting in recent days.
Libya: On my way to Libya, but breathing easier now April 16, 2011
"...go down in the city, and the sun shines on the bay..." Darkness. What? Huh? Where am I? In a van. On my way to Libya. I fell asleep. What's that sound? Ah, my cell phone. Country code 88? Satellite phone. Fadl! "Hey man, I made it."
Libya: Fatimah Mahfouth and child April 7, 2011
Fatimah Mahfouth was forced to flee an attack on her hometown of Ajdabiya, Libya and delivered a healthy baby boy in a displacement camp.
Libya: Baby showers for displaced Libyan families April 7, 2011
Despite all the fighting and uncertainty in Libya, some things in Libya are continuing as scheduled. The schools may be closed and the banks all shut, but babies are still being born to very proud and anxious parents.
Libya: Libyan families displaced in a dusty village April 6, 2011
Libya: Journey to a ghost town in Libya April 4, 2011