Saturday, April 30, 2011

Libya Eastern food has only just ...

With two miles of private beach and a small amusement park, the Villa Family Garyounis Benghazi used to be one of the most renowned holiday destinations of the second city of Libya. As it did each summer, the resort is now full of children that play the ball on the courts. They are the offspring of strains that have settled here looking for the holiday but to escape the fighting raging in the desert region east of Ajdabiya, 200 km from Benghazi.

Ali Bashir takes more than a month in the small apartment she shares with her seven children and his wife. Do not cover his salary for three months and acknowledge that their savings, of which he lives, will be exhausted within the next 60 days. "Then I do not know what will," he says. The former employee of the oil facility at Ras Lanuf first lost his job when Moammar Gadhafi troops captured the strategic facility east of Ajdabiya and then his house in the latter village, destroyed by bombing.

"All these people you see around you are engineers, technicians, teachers .. we're all unemployed. We have to end soon with Gadhafi before the war finally sink the country," says the 56 years. More than half a dozen campuses in Benghazi as Garyounis Family Villa, Yasmin or local college dorms have become a refuge for weeks for thousands of Libyans who have escaped the bloody civil war that has led the revolution people against Gaddafi.

A sudden population influx has contributed to serious shortcomings in the rebel controlled area in a few weeks and could lead to a real food crisis the next 45 to 60 days, it was announced Thursday in Geneva, the World Food Programme ( PMA). "The immediate concern is to ensure the restoration of food, which has been halted by the lack of imports," said WFP's director for Middle East and North Africa, Daly Belgasmi.

The agency of the UN warned that the humanitarian situation could deteriorate due to cuts in the provision of basic services like water, electricity and transport, if it continues to fuel shortages, which is already generating the first power cuts in the 'capital 'rebel. At the same time, food prices and costs between 30% and 40% higher than before the outbreak of the conflict.

According to WFP stocks of staple foods in the eastern region of the country only cover the next two months. The main rebel leader, Abdel Jalil Mustafa, admitted two days ago that its financial reserves are more and more meager. "We can only cover 40% of wages," he said during his visit to Kuwait, a country that promised $ 181 million to address the increasingly pressing chute.

"The authorities give us about 200 dinars (100 euros) a month, but we can not do anything. The people we help with food but that too will be limited because they can not give anything more," says Musa Kubi, of 45, another of the escapees Ajdabiya who lives in the Villa Family Garyounis.

At the same time, the rebels who commands the National Transitional Council (CNT) are having to deal with the collapse of functions previously exercised regularly foreign immigrants are also tens of thousands fleeing. Today the International Organization for Migration managed to evacuate almost another thousand Africans who were trapped in the city of Misrata and estimated that 116,000 workers have been repatriated to foreigners since the start of popular uprising.

Nearly a half million have fled their means to the surrounding nations. The positions occupied by these visitors in such basic performance such as bakeries, garbage collection or dependent businesses have had to be supplemented by volunteers.

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