Fleeing the Libyan conflict


Prior to the coalition bombing, conflict and violence in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya put the people living in the country in harms way, forcing many to flee.

Early in the conflict most of those leaving the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya were migrant workers. However, when the conflict intensified, more and more Libyan nationals also sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

WHO has been helping neighbouring countries coordinate the medical response needed to provide support to people fleeing the unrest. This photo gallery illustrates the difficulties of people leaving the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

People fleeing conflict in Libya

Libyans fleeing the conflict with their families and crossing the border into Niger.

Man carrying his belongings as he crosses Libyan border into Tunisia.
WHO/Tarik Jasarevic

Many of those fleeing have left with only the possessions that they could carry.

Transit camp in Tunisia with people who have fled the conflict in Libya.
WHO/Tarik Jasarevic

In Tunisia a transit camp houses 18 000 people who are waiting to get home safely.

People at a transit camp looking to be repatriated.
WHO/Tarik Jasarevic

This migrant worker has a sign asking for a plane ride home (65% of the migrants are from Bangladesh).

Long line of camp residents waiting for food and water.
WHO/Tarik Jasarevic

Camp residents wait in long lines for the food and water provided by Tunisia and international humanitarian organizations.

Man receiving treatment from a health care provider.
WHO/Tarik Jasarevic

Medical teams from the Tunisian Ministry of Public Health provide medical assistance for the thousands of people who have crossed the border.

People from WHO and Ministry of Health at a meeting to coordinate health activities at the Libyan border.
WHO/Tarik Jasarevic

WHO and Ministries of Public Health coordinate health activities at the Libyan borders.

WHO staff member unloading a truck with medical supplies.
WHO/Tarik Jasarevic

WHO and its partners distribute medical supplies for people affected by the crisis.

A truck carrying WHO staff and general medical supplies crosses the Libyan border from Egypt.
WHO/Michel Tomaszek

A truck carrying WHO staff and trauma supplies, to permit surgical interventions and treatment, crosses the Libyan border from Egypt.

Women and babies at a transit camp at the Libyan border.

As the number of families fleeing the conflict increases, WHO is supporting Ministries of Health in Egypt and Tunisia to provide health services specifically for children.