Humanitarian organizations visit Tarhouna
In April, humanitarian organizations met with local officials, partners and vulnerable groups in Tarhouna, a city that was severely affected by the conflict in Libya. The purpose of this visit was to look at the humanitarian situation in the city and the needs of civilians who are still struggling to rebuild their lives following years of war.
The visit included members from UN OCHA, IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP and NRC. The team met with Tarhouna's Steering Council, with whom discussions were held on cooperation opportunities and areas on possible humanitarian intervention. The council emphasized needed assistance on child protection, livelihood support and health. The council also highlighted that after the conflict in 2019 and 2020, families returning to Tarhouna are still suffering from lack of resources.
Since June 2020, dozens of mass graves containing hundreds of bodies have been discovered in Tarhouna. Some of the families lost multiple family members at once, leaving mothers and grandmothers to provide for their children by themselves. One elderly woman told the team how she lost seven of her sons and was left to herself to care for the grandchildren.
A joint session with the Libyan Red Crescent's Tarhouna branch provided an opportunity to hear from those directly delivering assistance on the ground. The team also met with several families who were displaced from Tawergha after the conflict erupted in 2011. They shared their experiences and the difficulties they have faced during displacement, giving the team a personal account on the current situation in Tarhouna.