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UN seeks $160m to help a million people affected by Libyan crisis

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1536
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

The United Nations and partner agencies have launched a regional flash appeal for $160m (£100m; €115m) to scale up humanitarian assistance to a million people affected by the Libyan crisis.

Valerie Amos, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, said, “This appeal is based on a planning scenario projecting up to 400 000 people leaving Libya—including the 200 000 who have left to date—and another 600 000 people inside Libya expected to need humanitarian aid to varying degrees.”

The appeal includes $11m for health and nutrition, $48m for food security, and $6m for water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Fierce fighting between forces of Colonel Muammar …

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