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: Volunteer cook for thousands
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
Libya: Aiding Misrata
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
"...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
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
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
Libya: Leaving Benghazi
Yesterday we had to temporarily leave Benghazi and move west to Tubruq, as the front line fighting between the opposition and government troops slipped back and moved closer to us. On Sunday morning, all the phone lines were shut down — including our local Libyan cell phones.
Libya: Libya's impoverished back streets and slums
Libya: Iman starts her own school
Because the current instability and violence have closed schools in Libya, 9-year-old Iman (center, behind table, wearing brown and white) is teaching her neighborhood friends basic arithmetic and grammar.