OPEC Fund extends humanitarian assistance to Libyan refugees

May 30, 2011

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) issued a press release today announcing the approval of a $500,000 grant to assist Libyan refugees.

The statement read: “The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) approved a second emergency assistance grant of US$500,000 in aid of Libyans affected by the crisis in the country. The grant, to be channeled through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR), will help in the provision of the essential food and non-food supplies to Libyan refugees in Tunisia. The grant will contribute to the humanitarian response to the Libyan refugees in the neighboring country, including the strengthening of the reception capacity of the host country. UNHCR is in contact with local authorities, other UN agencies and local and international non-governmental organizations to coordinate the global humanitarian response to the Libyan refugee crisis. The first OFID grant, in March, also for US$500,000, was channeled through the World Food Program. The grant was also for the provision of essential food supplies.”