Coordinating U.S. Government Assistance to Migrants Fleeing Libya
UNHCR tent camp for Libyan refugees in the Remada, Tunisia, May 8, 2011. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Bryan Schaaf serves as a Program Officer in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

The conflict in Libya continues to cause both significant internal displacement as well as outflows of refugees and third country nationals into Tunisia, Egypt, and other neighboring countries. Given the scale of humanitarian need, a coordinated U.S. government humanitarian response remains critical. In early March, colleagues from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and I were deployed as members of what became the Tunisia Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART). This was the first time I had served on a DART and I was impressed both by the speed with which we were deployed as well as the skills and expertise of my OFDA team-mates.

Each team member had distinct responsibilities. One of my roles… more »

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