In pictures: Libyan Red Crescent volunteers provide aid to the living, and dignity to the deceased

For the people of the country as well as for the many others migrating to and through Libya, life is not easy. Resources are scarce and insecurity is high. Despite these challenges, the volunteers of Libyan Red Crescent do whatever they can to help people in need, regardless of where they are from. Many of those who need help are migrants from either sub-Saharan Africa, or the Middle East.

 

Red Crescent volunteer teams provide medical check ups to people migrating, in collaboration with the local authorities.
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With many hospitals closed and few doctors available, visits by Red Crescent volunteer teams are one few ways that people in need, particularly migrants, can access medical assistance.
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The journeys that people migrating must take to reach the shores of the Mediterranean are physically gruelling, and often fraught with danger. Many of the injuries are easily treated by volunteer teams.
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Red Crescent volunteer teams provide medical check ups to migrants, in collaboration with the local authorities.
Photo: Libyan Red Crescent

 

Red Crescent teams visit accommodation centres for migrants, providing help where they can, and transporting more serious cases to medical centres, if they are available.
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Often, Red Crescent teams are among the few that are providing services to migrants in Libya. One of the key, unseen needs is psychosocial support.
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With so few doctors available in the country, Libyan Red Crescent is lucky in that they have a number of doctors and nurses that volunteer their services through the society. But there are always more people in need than time or resources to provide assistance.
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Many of migrants travel onwards from Libya, but on an almost daily basis, lives are lost in the crossing. These people are also served by Red Crescent volunteers, even after their death. The remains of each person are collected from the shoreline with respect and all the dignity possible by these teams. It is not an easy task for the volunteers involved, especially when a person's remains have been in the water for a long time
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The remains of each person are treated with respect and all the dignity possible by these teams. It is not an easy task for the volunteers involved, especially when a person's remains has been in the water for a long time.
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The bags are sealed and tagged before the deceased person is taken safely and with dignity for burial. As summer approaches and the weather improves, Red Crescent teams are likely to have to repeat this task far too often.
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La Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja es la mayor organización humanitaria del mundo, con 190 sociedades miembros. Siendo uno de los componentes del Movimiento Internacional de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja, nuestra labor se rige por los siete principios fundamentales: humanidad, imparcialidad, neutralidad, independencia, voluntariado, unidad y universalidad.