Inter-agency mission visits Misrata region
On 15 March 2022, an inter-agency mission, led by the OCHA Head of Office comprising representatives from WFP, UNSMIL/Human Rights, IOM, UNHCR, CESVI and NRC, visited Misrata municipality and met with municipal and local authorities, including the Mayor of Misrata and the local council in Tamina. The visit is a follow-up from the UN Humanitarian Coordinator’s mission last year, when local authorities emphasized the need to focus attention on small towns affected by years of conflict.
Discussions focused on infrastructure development as a top priority for the region, as well as the targeted rehabilitation of public health care facilities and schools. Local council members raised concerns about the impact on public services caused by the concentration of displaced families in and around Misrata. In turn, UN agencies informed about the various programmes being administered in the municipality supporting the provision and implementation of basic services, including the donation of a power generator to the Office of Examination and Studies by UNHCR, and WFP supporting families with general food distribution as well as a “Food for Training” project targeting 230 persons in Misrata with vocational training.
A visit was also conducted to a refugee shelter managed by the Libyan Red Crescent Society, with support from the International Rescue Committee, housing mainly women and minors. Many of the refugees were previously held in detention centres in the western region and are now awaiting resettlement through UNHCR’s voluntary humanitarian resettlement programme.
As a result of the mission, it was agreed to plan an inter-agency visit to Abugrain and Alweshka, security conditions permitting, as well as to coordinate with Sector lead agencies on issues related to health, education, WASH and protection for continued programming support in the region.