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Vulnerable Egyptians fleeing violence in Libya need our help

23 March 2015

The recent breakdown in law and order in Libya, and the escalation in widespread fighting, has left many Egyptian migrant workers who went there in search of work with no choice but to return to Egypt.

Due to the crisis in Libya, most migrants fled quickly, leaving behind many essential documents including property deeds, passports, certificates of education, work contracts, Egyptian IDs and marriage certificates.

Returnees lacking legal documents will be unable to work quickly and legitimately in Egypt, or travel freely to find work, as these papers are required by employers and at checkpoints around the country.

Please give what you can to our emergencies fund to help people trapped in dire circumstances to get themselves back on their feet.

  • It is also understood that some Egyptian citizens have been killed, leaving widows, orphans and other dependants who are now suffering...'

Threats, killings and loss

Phoebe Rison, our Middle East Programme Manager said: ‘Many returnees were stopped at the border by armed groups, questioned and in some cases seriously threatened.

‘It is also understood that some Egyptian citizens have been killed, leaving widows, orphans and other dependants who are now suffering the effects of this action, not only due to loss of income, but also the psychological and social impact of the death of their loved ones. 

‘The majority of the returnees are adult males who, due to the worsening economic situation in Egypt, had travelled to Libya in search of work. They were often the primary breadwinners supporting dependents in Egypt through remittances.

‘The loss of remittances combined with thousands of returnees seeking work opportunities is creating additional stress and increasing vulnerability on an already vulnerable segment of the population; located in marginalised and impoverished rural areas.’

Helping distressed migrants

Our long-standing partners COC BLESS (Coptic Orthodox Church Bishopric of Public Ecumenical and Social Services) and CEOSS (Coptic Evangelical Organisation for Social Services) plan to support some of the most vulnerable individuals and families who have experienced the distress of rapid return, the loss of their loved ones and injury.

They aim to provide people with essential support such as food vouchers, psychosocial care for those affected by the hostilities in Libya, practical support for individuals who have lost their legal documents and income generating projects.

What you can do

Please give what you can to our emergencies fund to help people trapped in dire circumstances to get themselves back on their feet.

 


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