Mitigating a Manmade Disaster: Zakat Foundation of America’s Relief Work in Libya

Zakat Foundation of America’s Relief Work in Libya

Zakat Foundation of America’s Relief Work in LibyaAs the conflict and uncertainty increases in Libya, Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) continues its programs to provide critically needed relief supplies and assistance to the people whose lives have been so dramatically altered. ZF teams remain at the Libyan border with Tunisia where ZF’s camp, called Camp Ras Djir is tending to the needs of the refugees entering the camp.

Until recently the ZF’s camp was home to 200 refugee families, providing them hot meals, medication, and clean sanitation facilities. Because of the high quality of the camp and its close proximity to the Libyan border (just 500 meters), Tunisian army officials requested ZF to transform the camp into a medical clinic.

Distant gunfire inside Libya is audible at the ZF camp, and ZF representatives are now busy preparing the clinic for the anticipated injured people that may pour over the border from Libya. In cooperation with the Tunisian Ministry of Health, nurses used the ZF clinic on the 21st of March to vaccinate pregnant women and all children in the camp younger than five years of age in order to protect them from the illnesses that can arise in from camp living.

In addition to managing the ZF clinic, ZF’s team continues to work tirelessly on the ground by:
Assisting in the processing of new refugees (3,000 new refugees arrived on 22 March) and arranging their transfer to either Shousha camp for single persons or the Emirati camp for families.
Distributing food cooked in ZF’s mobile kitchen to residents of both camps. 13,000 sandwiches are prepared and distributed daily.
So far, more than 323,600 people have fled the violence and intimidation in Libya, seeking refuge in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Niger.

Suad, a Sudanese woman who worked as a university professor in Tripoli, arrived at ZF’s camp last week with her husband and three children. Camp living was very different from the kind of lifestyle to which they had been accustomed, but Suad was impressed by the effort exerted by ZF to make her family’s transition as comfortable as possible. Suad, who was transferred by the Sudanese minister back to her country vowed to work to support ZF work as soon as she was settled and back on her feet.

ZF is committed to staying on the ground in Tunisia and Libya until the humanitarian crisis ends and will continue to transport the injured to hospitals in Turkey and Malta for medical treatment. Please continue to support our work with your generous contributions.

View more photos of the ZF team in action.

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