Update: U.S. Government Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Libya Crisis

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 9, 2011

The United States is deeply concerned about the welfare of the hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced and caught up in the Libya conflict. We continue to call upon Libyan authorities to provide humanitarian actors with full access to those in need and to ensure the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance. We applaud the hospitality extended by neighboring states to those who have had to flee the country.

As of June 9, 2011, the U.S. government is providing over $80 million in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the conflict in Libya. This includes an additional $26.5 million U.S. contribution announced earlier today in Abu Dhabi. These additional funds will help fund the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the World Health Organization (WHO) in such areas as basic life support for refugees and other persons of concern (for example people who had been refugees in Libya) in Tunisia and Egypt, evacuation of stranded migrants back to their home countries, and delivery of life-saving medical aid inside Libya (please see the chart below for additional details).

U.S. government humanitarian assistance enables humanitarian organizations both inside Libya and in Tunisia and Egypt to provide life-saving assistance and protection to those in need including Libyan and third-country nationals displaced inside Libya as well as to neighboring countries of asylum. Our funding supports:

  • Food, water, shelter, and sanitation for displaced populations and others affected by the conflict;
  • Medical care for the general population as well as war-wounded, along with the provision of supplies and training for health personnel;
  • Evacuation and repatriation of third-country nationals to their countries of origin in Africa and Asia; and
  • Clearance of mines, unexploded ordnance, and explosive remnants of war that directly impact security and stability, hinder economic recovery, and limit the delivery of essential goods, services, and humanitarian aid.

The United States has deployed teams of disaster response experts to the region. These teams are working closely with host governments, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other international partners to assess and address urgent humanitarian needs in Libya and neighboring countries.

Total U.S. Government Funding for Humanitarian Assistance for People Affected by the Crisis in Libya
from March 2011 to June 9, 2011


Implementing Partner



World Food Program (WFP)

Emergency food operations to respond to immediate food requirements within Libya ($5m) and in the affected border regions within Tunisia and Egypt ($5m).


International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Evacuation and repatriation programs for third-country nationals.


International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Medical and surgical care, water and sanitation facilities, protection of detainees and conflict victims.


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Assistance and protection for Libyan internally displaced persons as well as refugees and migrants in Tunisia, Egypt, Italy, and Malta.


World Health Organization (WHO)

Support for the Tunisian Ministry of Public Health to respond to the medical needs of Libyans, third-country nationals, and host communities in Tunisia.


NGOs and other international organizations

Support for other international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to meet humanitarian needs, including funding for NGOs operating inside Libya to implement emergency health interventions and provision of emergency relief commodities (emergency health kits, trauma kits, blankets, plastic sheeting, water containers).


NGOs that specialize in weapons abatement

The destruction of unexploded ordnance and mines in Libya.





PRN: 2011/929