As a result of fighting during the 2011 revolution and armed conflict since, Libya is contaminated by explosive remnants of war (ERW). This contamination poses a serious threat to the safety of the civilian population, in particular children, whose natural curiosity often leads them to touch or play with these highly dangerous items. As well as a direct risk to human life, these highly unstable explosives hinder safe access to essential services such as medical facilities, education, water and electricity supply. DCA works in areas affected by conflict with high levels of ERW contamination and clears residential, commercial, education, medical and agricultural sites, ensuring that property and land is returned to socioeconomic use, contributing to stabilization.
Another result of the crisis in Libya has been weapons proliferation, with large numbers of small arms and light weapons making their way into the ownership of non-state actors and private individuals. DCA work with civil society organizations to educate communities as to the risk of guns and in particular to resolve conflict which can lead to armed violence.
Since 2011, the on-going high levels of insecurity and armed violence have deeply affected most if not all Libyan citizens. Many have endured emotional trauma, witnessed violent acts, experienced bereavement or been displaced from their homes. With the Libyan health services severely fractured, DCA works through civil society partners to provide psychosocial support to adults and children across the country. Conflict across the country has displacement of over 672,000 citizens and there continues to be a high risk of injury or fatality amongst returnees. By educating citizens as to the dangers of ERW and by treating the psychological issues of enduring conflict, DCA supports communities and helps them recover from war and rebuild their livelihoods.
DCA is now in its 9th year of working in Libya and has offices in Tripoli, Misrata, Sirte, Al-Bayda, and Benghazi.