A thousand leading figures from across Libya have signed the Call for unity launched on 24 March to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Signed by some of Libya’s leading doctors, health professionals, mayors of towns and cities, parliamentarians and other political and media figures, the Call urges the war-torn nation’s divided institutions to work together to tackle the disease and its potentially devastating impact due to the country’s critical humanitarian situation.
Ambassador Alan Bugeja, the Head of the European Union Delegation to Libya, is also supporting the Call. He appealed to Libyans to come together in solidarity: “Libyan friends and partners, you can only fight the COVID-19 pandemic if you all join your efforts throughout your country. There is no other way.” He added: “Those who are making the appeal include the foremost Libyan health experts and practitioners. They know the real risks should Libya fail to make this fight an overriding national priority.”