UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Displaced people from the southern suburb of Tripoli are hoping to return to their homes by Eid al-Adha after fierce fighting erupted as Field Marshal Khalifa Aftar advanced towards the capital more than four months ago.
Despite the destruction of their homes and the fact that their area remains in a state of security tension, some of them hope to be able to return during Eid, as their economic situation in their areas of displacement has deteriorated.
Mohammed Kheir al-Khomeini, a resident of the “Togar Mosque” in the municipality of Sawani (25 km south of Tripoli), remembers the moments he and his family left his house in haste, after the area turned into a battlefield within a few hours.
“When we arrived in the center of Tripoli safely, we were told by one of the crisis committees that we would stay in a hotel in Tripoli,” Mohamed told AFP.
Mohammed, who has suffered a stroke for years and is unable to stand up and talk too much, expressed surprise at informing them a few days ago the need to evacuate the hotel without knowing alternative solutions to its stay and dozens of people who live in the same hotel with their families.
“I don’t have a place to go,” he said.
Mohammed Kreir confirmed his desire to return to his home, but fears for the safety of his children from the security situation, which is still volatile, with the possibility of being subjected to indiscriminate shelling, as he put it.
Fatima Bashir, married and mother of two, is no different from the stories of other displaced people. She lives in the area of Khalat al-Furjan, which witnessed the first battles in the outskirts of the Libyan capital for proximity to military sites, forcing its residents to leave.
Fatima, an employee of the postal company, tells how her displacement has run out of all her savings. “We left our house on April 4 and have not returned since that time. We have moved between several houses of our relatives, and after a while we decided after the end of Ramadan to go down to a hotel at our own expense,” she said.
“I spent more than 7,000 dinars, all my savings.
Fatima called on the government to provide housing, “because I came out forcibly because of the war and not my will, and we must find solutions for those in our situation waiting for the end of the fighting and be able to return to my home.”
For its part, the Government of National Accord, headed by Faiz Al-Sarraj through its Emergency Committee, which was formed after the outbreak of fighting more than four months ago, that it is doing its best to respond to all requirements after the displacement of more than 23 thousand families due to clashes south of the capital.
“Since the formation of the committee, it has been able to solve many problems and worked as an auxiliary party to find the appropriate solutions that resulted from the aggression on Tripoli and the bottlenecks such as power cuts and lack of water supply,” emergency committee member Abdul Bari Shenbaro said at a press conference held at the government headquarters in Tripoli on Thursday.”
He also pointed to the Government of Accord’s allocation of 10 million dinars (about seven million dollars) to provide housing and transport displaced families living in schools.
Most of the displaced live in vacant schools and government buildings, but most suffer from poor health and medical services as well as overcrowding.
Since April 4, Haftar’s forces have been pursuing an offensive to control Tripoli, where the UN-backed government of national reconciliation is based.
The fighting has displaced nearly 120,000 people, with some 1,100 dead and 5,762 wounded, including hundreds of civilians, according to UN agencies.
For her part, Intisar al-Kulaib, head of the Libyan Civil Society Organization, believes that the government’s response to the IDP file is “ineffective” and that it has problems understanding the real needs of IDPs.
“The crisis committee is not close enough to the people and the response is slow,” Al-Kulaib told AFP.
She added, “We met with a number of displaced families to listen to their demands in preparation for Eid and provide sacrifices for them, but we were surprised that their suffering has worsened, and their demand to return to their homes for their great suffering has left them …
“The displaced does not need a bottle of oil or a tomato can,” Al-Kulaib concluded. “He needs to listen to his legitimate demands, especially providing him with adequate housing to ease the impact of displacement.
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