Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, travelled on March 7 to the Tunisia-Libya border to review the ongoing relief effort for people fleeing Libya amid the
Since Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi started the violent repression of protesters demanding his ouster several weeks ago, over 100,000 people, many of them migrant workers, have fled to Tunisia, and a similar number to Egypt, according to media reports.
OCHA said that since Libyan authorities took control of the border crossing into Tunisia, the number of people crossing has dropped to several hundred per day, compared to about 20,000 per day at its peak several days ago.
People crossing the border have reported that they have faced intimidation as they have tried to leave Libya. Amos stressed that freedom of movement is a fundamental human right that must be respected under all circumstances.
During her visit to the border areas, she thanked governments, aid agencies, host families and communities in neighbouring countries, especially Tunisia and Egypt, for their support to those leaving Libya.
On Monday in Geneva, Ms. Amos launched the regional flash appeal covering Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Niger. It will focus on the border areas, population movements, humanitarian needs, security, health, water, protection and communication, and will cover a three-month period.