UNHCR Operation in Ras Jdeir, Tunis-Libya boder. Tunisia.
Tunisia: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, visits Somali refugees at Shousha Camp, located in 8 kilometres from the Tunis-Libyan boder at Ras Djir. ..On 24 February UNHCR established its presence in Tunisia’s southern village of Ras Djir to respond to the mass influx of people crossing into Tunisia to escape the violence in Libya. According to the Tunisian authorities, more than 200,000 have fled Libya to Tunisia since 20 February with more than 150,000 being third-country nationals. While most of the arrivals have been from Egypt, more than twenty-five others nationalities have been seen at the border, including a large number of Bangladeshis, Egyptians, Somalis and Sudanese. The majority of arrivals are migrant workers who were employed in Libya before the violence split the country. Yet, among the new arrivals many are persons of concern to UNHCR and therefore in need of international protection, including asylum seekers and refugees. UNHCR is on site to conduct protection interviews, counsel and to meet with its persons of concern for the purpose of exploring potential durable solutions. ..While more than 120,000 people have been repatriated to their country of origin, including, among others, Egyptians, Bangladeshis, Malians and Ghanaians, UNHCR in coordination with local authorities and other humanitarian agencies has established a tented transit camp in Shousha area, some 8 km north of the Tunisia border with Libya. As of 03 April, the total population at Shousha camp is approximately 8,700 with the majority of the residents originating from Chad, Sudan and Somalia. Two additional camps were set up to welcome migrants and refugees: one managed by the UAE Red Crescent and the other by IFRC (not yet operational)...In comparison to the beginning of the crisis where more than ten thousand persons were crossing into Tunisia per day, currently, a daily average of 1,500 – 2,500 individuals continue to cross the border from Libya. It is estimated that wiAdd to Cart Add to Lightbox Download