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Refugee crisis fall-out from Libya

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Refugee crisis fall-out from Libya


The violence in Libya has forced upto 100 000 people to flee the country, most streaming into neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt. Many are stuck on the wrong side of Libya in temporary camps. Relief at being out of Libya, is turning to anger. This Egyptian refugee was forced to flee to Tunisia..

“All of the people here are demonstrating because they want to go back to Egypt” he says.

“Every country is sending airplanes for their people Turkey, Korea, India, Bangladesh…people are arriving and leaving, except for Egyptians. There are many people from Egypt here in Tunisia and Egypt hasn’t sent any help…people are dying from cold..people are sleeping in the street”

At a temporary camp evacuees form long queues to register, before being transported back to their own countries. Conditions are far from ideal.

The UN Refugee Agency is calling on the international community to respond quickly and genrously to help cope with the emergency situation.

On Saturday the Geneva-based agency began an airlift of emergency supplies to Tunisia, all destined for the border with Libya.

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