U.S. Humanitarian Support on Libya's Borders

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 9, 2011

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric P. Schwartz and USAID Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg are traveling in Tunisia from March 8-10, to review the humanitarian relief efforts to assist those fleeing the Libyan conflict.

Since Libya's civil unrest began in February, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 200,000 third-country nationals have fled from the violence into Tunisia and Egypt. The United States is deeply engaged in the international effort -- which includes other countries, international organizations (IOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) -- to respond, and is providing $30 million for the humanitarian needs of conflict victims, vulnerable migrants, and others displaced by the increasing civil unrest in Libya. These funds support repatriation of third-country nationals and provision of emergency relief supplies along the borders as well as inside Libya. In addition, a humanitarian assessment team of 14 U.S. disaster response experts has been deployed to multiple locations in the region, and is coordinating humanitarian assistance to reach these victims of conflict as quickly as possible.

In Tunisia today, Assistant Secretary Schwartz said, "The United States thus far has provided 30 million dollars' worth of, committed to 30 million dollars' worth of support and we will do more and U.S. specialists are on the ground here, the U.S. military has helped to move people from here to Egypt and we are very dedicated to helping others who are trying to ease the situation here."

He continued, "I think our mission is a humanitarian mission, we're here to take a look at the efforts that are being made, to deal with this very large movement of people, to provide them with basic assistance, to provide them with what they need to get to their homes, and so our focus really here is on making sure that we can do everything we can to help the government of Tunisia and the Tunisian people, the international organizations that are playing such an important role."

Assistant Secretary Schwartz and USAID Assistant Administrator Lindborg will continue on travel to Egypt March 10-12, 2011.



Missouri, USA
March 9, 2011

Keith in Missouri writes:

Its really sad that there are still dictators like this. Thank God that the civilians that have fled were able to get away, and the support that America and the other nations are giving to these people to keep them out of harms way.

South Korea
March 10, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Good morning.

Want to believe in Islam, such as Egypt, will it be? Mubarak and he does intend to handle the problem at the same time?

Both bad and wrong about me, but Gaddafi, who dispatched an envoy to Egypt, see that - even before he tried several times to talk with the United States, their people who do not meet the criteria to visit .- thought he had a conversation or compromise I'm looking forward. Erroneous opinions, but if there is external support to the militia, security forces battle with the war was going to be so difficult, almost wiped out were going to predict.
When he visited one of the desired level, the rise of oil prices to you now, hard work, the effects of economic reform, break away already I think.

Through my conversations with him, to exert proper control over the institutional system in Libya is thought to put in place.

Now let's keep the government rather than the story, the new government to run the country properly, to avoid falling into Islamic nationalism, Gaddafi and the militia intervention, and properly maintained, the impact on oil and would like let's talk.

In conclusion, what we want to meet other influential people properly and I think we should emerge.

If war, gadapi, Libya troops expect to win. Reorganizing the militia, the organization, which is considered to be consuming at least 1 month. Without outside help.

Thank You.

John P.
March 10, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

A couple of years ago, an “old voice” –great mind- had written that U.S.A. is feeding 80% of the Earth.

Well, I am not afraid to say that inside my brain, I “questioned” his thesis for a while, by asking myself: “is it real, is he right?”, or is just “our love for America” that make us think so?

This guy was real and right!

Today, once again for things happening all over the world, I read that:

"http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/03/158020.htm"“The United States continues to be a leader in supporting the work of international agencies in the region (LIBYA) and coordinating with international and multilateral donors and partners.”.

I think that this means a lot and Americans should feel PROUD for being… Americans! It's a great ideal!


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