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: Coming up for air
To be honest, I spend too much time looking under the hood of a relief operation. Between the growing demands of program start-up, the maze of UN meetings and post-conflict issue debates, my days get eaten up pretty quickly.
Libya: Humanitarian aid amidst the shelling of Misrata
As the city of Misrata is indiscriminately shelled and bombed, putting innocent civilians' lives at risk, Mercy Corps emergency response team member Fadl Moukadem is helping coordinate relief efforts in the city, including getting people evacuated from the war zone by boat.
Libya: How things change on the road from Egypt to Libya
It was early in the morning, when the Imams had just finished their morning calls to prayer. Our driver, Raffa — wearing a smile on his face — waited in front of the apartment building where I was staying in Cairo, Egypt to start the 900-mile-long road trip to Benghazi, Libya.
Libya: Interruption and opportunity in Libya
I am Osama and I work with Mercy Corps in Libya. Before the war, I was studying industrial engineering in university in Libya. Then this all happened and the universities closed — I am just trying to say how I feel.
Libya: Got chicken?
Two weeks ago, we walked into the grocery store here in Benghazi, Libya to look for chicken.
Libya: A birthday wish from Libyan waters
I haven’t always worked for Mercy Corps. Just before I joined the organization for a job in Iraq, I was studying mathematics in Italy. Before that, I was a captain in the U.S. Army after graduating from West Point.
Libya: Relativity strikes back
It was a particularly active night in Misrata. Windy, cloudy and every 15 minutes or so....boom! We were too far from the city center to feel the blasts, but remembering each time that the blast was on or next to someone's house is difficult... Silence. The bombardment stopped.
Libya: My first impressions in Libya
As we handed him our passports, I was a little nervous. I spent the last two years in Iraq and Pakistan and was used to not necessarily being totally welcome as an American.
Libya, Kosovo: Mercy Corps mourns death of former colleague in Libya
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
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.