Refugees face 'difficult situation' in Tunisian border camp: EU delegation

10:52, July 16, 2011      

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Refugees fleeing the war-torn Libya are facing a difficult situation in the Choucha camp on the Tunisian-Libyan border, said Simon Bussutil, head of a European parliamentary delegation on Friday, the official press agency TAP reported.

The European MP, who is leading a six-member delegation on a four-day visit in Tunisia, met on Friday with the country's interim prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi.

Bussutil said that in spite of the actions led by international organizations and Tunisian authorities, the situation in the camp remained critical.

The EU Parliament delegation visited two camps on Thursday, including the Choucha camp that hosts nearly 4,000 refugees mostly from Africa and an Emirati camp which is home to 700 people.

They also met with refugees including women and children whose plight has worsened with the extreme heat, limited access to clean water and the lack of adequate sanitation.

In a statement released following the visit, the delegation called on EU member states to do more to help resettle the refugees from war-torn countries who cannot return to their homelands.

Given Tunisia's own economic and social difficulties following its revolution, the statement concludes that "Migration flows represent a burden that ought to be shared."

Source: Xinhua
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