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Relief and revolution


An evacuee from Bangladesh waits for his luggage at the Libyan Red Crescent camp in Benghazi. The man was one of roughly 1,200 people brought on an aid ship from the besieged western Libyan city of Misrata to Benghazi in the east of the country in April. Photo: ©REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, courtesy

Migrant workers displaced by the conflict in Libya queue for food at the Choucha transit camp in Tunisia. Photo: ©Victor Lacken/IFRC

For many migrants, the conflict and subsequent flight from Libya left them in a state of legal and literal limbo, without a clear means of getting home. Here, a Bangladeshi refugee at a camp near the Libyan and Tunisian border crossing of Ras Jdir holds up his passport. He was one of many refugees who were unable to get help from their government to return home. Photo: ©REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol, courtesy

Aside from providing shelter, food, water and sanitation, a key part of the Movement’s assistance for refugees was helping them make contact with relatives and others who might be important to their survival, their morale or their return home. In April, Egyptian evacuee Ashraf Mohamed, 26, spoke to his family in Bani Swaif, Egypt, from the Libyan Red Crescent camp in Benghazi. Photo: ©REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, courtesy

While many people escaped the violence in Libya through the desert, others fled north by sea. Covering his face as he prays, this man was one of 76 people picked up by a Maltese military patrol boat some 140 kilometres south of the Mediterranean island. The migrants hailed from Bangladesh, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Sudan, and said they were working in Libya when the fighting erupted. Photo: ©REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi, courtesy

Those who survived the boat journey from North Africa to Lampedusa in Italy often faced new miseries. Here, a man fleeing the unrest in Tunisia sleeps under a makeshift shelter in March. Photo: ©REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi, courtesy

Migrants from North Africa arrive in the southern Italian island of Lampedusa in March. There, the Italian Red Cross and other agencies offered services to those in need as authorities in Europe debated the migrants’ status and which country should take responsibility for hosting them. Photo: ©REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello, courtesy

In the Middle East, political unrest also caused significant displacement. More than 10,000 Syrians have fled to neighbouring Turkey to escape armed violence, like this man in a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Boynuegin. Photo: ©REUTERS/Umit Bektas, courtesy

From Libya to Yemen, National Society volunteers and staff — along with other local health-care workers — were often the only ones with access to areas of intense fighting. As the impoverished country of Yemen edged closer to civil war, local medics and other men carry a man injured during clashes between opposition forces and police in the capital Sanaa. Photo: ©REUTERS/Ammar Awad, courtesy


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