ROME/TRIPOLI, DECEMBER 29 – The Italian government gave green light on Thursday to three emergency contribution to improve the conditions of life of people in Libya.
Half a million Euros is going to UNMAS to empower local institutions and communities to face proliferation of weapons and explosive devices; one million Euros will help the International Red Cross to offer health assistance to civilians, migrants, for the training of medical personnel and to provide humanitarian aid; another 2 million Euros will be transferred to the Italian Cooperation Agency in Tunis to support Internally Displaced Persons.
The first contribution is strictly connected with the third: the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Libya is estimated to be over 435,000 by the UNHCR. Currently there is no prospect of safe return for them before technical and non-technical surveying, spot-tasking and/or battle area clearance are carried out, UNMAS says on its web site.
The half million Euros to the Un demining agency will support a project tested last year to create a network of young Libyan women and empower them to creare awareness in their communities on the danger of small arms proliferation; a second project will also be financed with the goal of training local personnel in Explosive Ordnance Disposal. (@OnuItalia)