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Help us support those fleeing conflict in Libya

The humanitarian crisis arising from the conflict in Libya is becoming more urgent by the day.

A major reason behind the UN no fly zone was to allow the international community to help the most vulnerable people in Libya.

Since fighting started in February, more than a quarter of a million people have fled into neighbouring countries.

Unicef staff at Coucha camp on the Tunisia-Libya border have told us that the number of women and children is steadily increasing. We have been seeing up to 50 families per day arriving in the camp in search of shelter and food.

Unicef has flown in 47 tons of essential supplies. As more families cross the border, we are stepping up our response.

Across the Egyptian border at the Salloum camp, Unicef is registering more family arrivals and working with the ministry of health to vaccinate young children against disease.

We need your support to help these refugees. £10 can buy emergency hygiene kits, £5 can buy vital oral rehydration salts, £40 can buy nearly 15kg of ready to use high energy therapeutic food.

Unicef has launched the Libya Children's Crisis Appeal to help the children who are most at risk.

Unicef receives no money from the UN budget and we rely entirely on voluntary donations. Please visit www.unicef.org.uk/libya

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