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WESTPORT, Conn. (Feb. 25, 2011) — Save the Children has dispatched an emergency response team to the Egyptian/Libya border to prepare to respond to a potential humanitarian crisis both within Libya and across the border into Egypt. The team will arrive at the border tomorrow.
“The country’s escalating instability could affect children the most,” said Geof Giacomini, Save the Children US’s country director in Egypt. “We know that tens of thousands have already crossed the border, and we are now hearing reports of shortages of medical supplies and other essential items inside Libya itself. We want to make sure that children caught up in this crisis are cared for and protected.”
The global humanitarian aid organization is warning that if the violence continues, the effect on children could be severe. Displaced children face serious risks, including being separated from their families, exploited for labor, and dropping out of school. They are also vulnerable to emotional distress from being uprooted from their homes, schools and all that is familiar to them.
Background on Save the Children in Egypt
Save the Children has been helping to improve the health and well-being of Egyptian children for nearly 30 years. The global humanitarian organization works with communities and local partners to provide early learning opportunities for preschoolers, primary school education for marginalized children living in remote, rural areas of the country, and life-skills training and literacy classes for out-of-school adolescent girls. As Egyptian workers return home from Libya, Save the Children is also assessing needs regarding their sudden cut loss of income.
Read more about Save the Children’s work in Egypt
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