By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 28 November 2014:
Residents in the West Salmani area of Benghazi joined up to provide an evening of fun, . . .[restrict]games and entertainment for displaced children yesterday.
The children were from families that have sought shelter in the Sikina Bint Al-Hussein School after being displaced from their homes in the Ben Younis district of the city.
The residents organised games and competitions, giving away prizes, in an effort to provide a happy distraction from the problems the families are facing on a daily basis. Far more people came along than were expected and the organisers told local media that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
Meanwhile, a crisis committee has been formed in the Sidi Khalifa area of Benghazi to manage the influx of at least 700 displaced families that have poured into the area. A committee member told Bowabat Al-Wassat that they expect a further 200 families in the coming days.
He also said that the committee has formed several sub-committees covering receiving families, fund raising, security and communications. It has joined the local imams in calling for donations of blankets and other necessities.
Five schools in the Sidi Khalifa neighborhood are housing displaced families who fled there from Suq Al-Hoot, Sabri and other areas. Others have been taken in by relatives or other local residents.
Suluq municipality is reporting that it has already taken in at least 440 families from Benghazi since the beginning of Operation Dignity. Many of these are also staying in local schools. Civil societies and the municipal council have helped the crisis committee there provide food and medicines for these families.
In addition to the 440 families who have registered, there are other who have arrived and rented flats on their own or moved in with relatives.
Tobruk, also, has received some 1,500 families, mostly from Benghazi. [/restrict]