Thursday, October 6, 2016
U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for Libya
Office of the Spokesperson
Department of State
September 22, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $6 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Libyan people. This funding will help address critical humanitarian needs, including aid for those displaced from Sirte. Today’s announcement brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Libyans to more than $121 million since FY 2012.
This contribution will support the operations of the United Nations, and other international and non-governmental organizations to help meet critical needs, including by providing food, safe drinking water, emergency medical care, hygiene kits, and basic household items to conflict-affected people in Sirte and throughout Libya.
Until recently, the coastal city of Sirte was Da’esh’s largest stronghold outside of Iraq and Syria. With U.S. and international military support, the Government of National Accord is liberating Sirte from Da’esh, whose brutality has scarred the city’s population and caused widespread suffering.
The U.S. encourages other donors to provide timely additional humanitarian assistance for Libyans in need.