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  • Updated: July 16, 2023

Libya: Sudanese Refugees Turn To United Nations For Help

Libya: Sudanese Refugees Turn To United Nations For Help

Sudanese Refugees.

A large accounted number of Sudanese refugees in Libya are asking the United Nations for help in terms of shelter, food and protection.

Nour Ismail, a Sudanese refugee, arrived in Tripoli with his family, expecting to find a haven for himself and his family. Last May, he was able to flee the violence and enter Libya safely.

Since April 15, when tensions between the military and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces erupted into open battle, Sudan has been shaken by bloodshed.

According to June data, the fighting has killed over 3,000 people, while doctors and activists believe the actual death toll is significantly higher.

According to the Associated Press, Nour lost his parents as a result of the fighting, was injured in the battle, and now requires an urgent operation to save his leg from amputation. 

He claims that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) "did not care about us" despite his pleas for assistance since arriving in Libya in May.

"We live off the streets. "Some people feed us on the streets (charity givers)," he explained.

Meanwhile, he continues to seek the attention of the United Nations, pleading with them to "pay attention to our problems."

"We want them to provide us with a safe place to stay. As Sudanese refugees, we have come here to seek asylum and do not wish to remain in Libya. We simply beg organisations for asylum. We want to go somewhere safe," he explained.

While many refugees have been forced to migrate to nearby Libya out of need, the country is mired in political turmoil, and a divided government is attempting to improve living circumstances for its citizens. 

The United Nations said on July 12 that Sudan's raging violence has displaced more than 3.1 million people, including over 700,000 who fled to neighbouring countries.

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