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Handicap International runs projects in Libya which aim to protect civilians against the threat of anti-personnel landmines and unexploded ordnance. It also raises awareness of the risk of accidents posed by light weapons. 

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Handicap International runs projects in Libya which aim to protect civilians against the threat of anti-personnel landmines and unexploded ordnance. It also raises awareness of the risk of accidents posed by light weapons. 
Handicap International runs projects in Libya which aim to protect civilians against the threat of anti-personnel landmines and unexploded ordnance. It also raises awareness of the risk of accidents posed by light weapons. 

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In addition to the danger of landmines and unexploded ordnance, Handicap International has identified the risk posed by light weapons in the hands of civilians who do not know how to handle them. With the support of local partners, the organisation is focusing its activities in one specific area: risk education.

Awareness-raising teams deliver prevention messages in schools and workplaces, working in collaboration with the authorities and local organisations. Since 2011, the organisation has distributed 240,000 leaflets to at-risk populations and posted 30,000 billboards in towns where these weapons are particularly widespread. 51,500 pamphlets have been distributed to children. 110,000 people, for the most part children, have attended awareness-raising sessions.

With regard to the dangers associated with the improper handling of weapons proliferating in the country, the organisation is rolling out safety rules aimed at limiting accidents: do not leave weapons within children’s reach, do not fire into the air during demonstrations or festivals, ensure the safety catch is on when a weapon is not in use etc.

Following a 6-month suspension on security grounds, the awareness-raising project was resumed in February 2015.

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Background

Since the death of Colonel Gaddafi in October 2011, Libya has been by racked by violence between rival militias and by the uncontrolled influx of weapons, a situation that has left the country in a state of permanent insecurity. The main challenges now facing Libya lie in its capacity to implement a peace process and ensure the stability of its institutions.

Prior to 2011, Libya was one of the region’s economic driving forces, thanks largely to its oil revenues. The country ranked 64th (out of 187) on the UN’s Human Development Index.

Libya has a population of around 5.6 million people, with 21.6% living below the poverty threshold according to the United Nations Development Programme in 2010. Life expectancy is 75 years and the country’s literacy rate is over 88%. These figures will undoubtedly have fallen sharply since the country has been locked in civil war.

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  • Conventional Weapons Risk Awareness

    • Libyan Mine Action Centre
    • Ministry of Health
    • Libyan scouts association
    • Local organisations.