Libya’s refugees face being cut off from aid due to coronavirus

Originally published by The Guardian / Sally Hayden on 23/03/2020


There are thousands of refugees from all over Africa living in Libya waiting to attempt to migrate to Europe. Many refugees live in cramped detention centers with limited food where coronavirus could easily and rapidly spread. Also, due to the dangers of the civil war and the more recent coronavirus fears, some international organizations, such as the UNHCR have reduced their support and activities in the country. Though Libya does not yet have any cases of coronavirus, some fear there could be a backlash against refugees if the country does see the spread of COVID-19.

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