As a result of fighting during the 2011 revolution and armed conflict since, Libya is contaminated by a considerable amount of Explosive Remnants of War (EWR). This contamination poses a serious threat to the safety of the civilian population. The highly unstable explosives lie scattered around the communities and, in some cases, hinders access to facilities such as schools, playgrounds, clinics, and water and electricity supply.
The ERW also pose a serious threat to children who are often curious to investigate the deadly ammunition. 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.
Against this backdrop, children and adults have endured emotional trauma, witnessed violent acts, experienced bereavement and many families have been displaced. With a Libyan health services severely fractured, DCA works through civil society partners to provide psychosocial support.
DCA is now in its 7th year of working in Libya and has offices in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi.