Libya Children

About Libya

In camps for families displaced by the violence in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, children struggled with nightmares and distress. In response, Save the Children set up Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) to give children with a safe place to play, learn and overcome tragedy. These protective environments are where children gathered to play and talk about their experiences with caring professionals and each other, allowing them to overcome chaotic and tragic situations.

Facts About

More than 6 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 16 years

14 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $35 a day

Our Work

Save the Children continues to observe rescue operations in Italy after a boat carrying 550 people capsized 24 hours after departing Libya. According to the testimonies collected by Save the Children — who helped survivors at a port in Reggio Calabria — as many as 400 people are still missing, many of whom are thought to be unaccompanied children. Save the Children warns that more landings are expected as instability continues in Libya, raising concerns that many more children will brave the perilous journey to find safety in Italy.

Read about Edwin's brave escape from violence in Libya

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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