Since the crisis broke out in Libya in February 2011, southern Tunisia has seen a massive influx of more than 178,800 migrants fleeing the violence, including returning Tunisian workers, Third Country Nationals and Libyan refugees. In response, WFP launched a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation in southern Tunisia to provide assistance to the thousands of displaced individuals.
Throughout August 2011 in the southern regions where most Libyan refugees are residing with Tunisian host communities, WFP, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and participating NGOs, distributed two week Ramadan food baskets to assist some 40,000 beneficiaries.
Since 9 March, WFP has been leading the provision of three daily hot meals in Choucha camp along the Libyan Tunisian border to people stranded in the transitional camp awaiting repatriation to their home countries. Thus far, over 1.3 million hot meals have been served at Choucha Camp, Remada Camp and Djerba airport.