International Medical Corps Marks 16 Days of Activism in Libyan IDP and Refugee Camps
December, 2012—The 2011 civil conflict caused more than 800,000 people to leave their homes in Libya to escape the fighting. While many have been able to return and rebuild their lives, thousands more remain in refugee or internally displaced person (IDP) camps across Libya. Migrant workers from Sub-Saharan Africa—resident in Libya before the war but without official papers— are particularly vulnerable to finding themselves trapped in these camps. UNHCR estimates that as many as 90,000 refugees and IDPs remain in camps across Libya.
International Medical Corps, which has worked in Libya since February 2011, used this year's "16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence" to conduct lectures, education sessions and sports activities with men and women of all ages, living in these camps. The events were designed to raise awareness about gender-based violence and domestic violence as a human rights issue, while supporting men and women and to work together to reduce violence in their community.