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07 March 2018

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Lutchi holds pictures of her daughter and son. © IOM

Lutchi’s Life as a Migrant Nurse in Libya

IOM – Lutrichia or “Lutchi”, as her friends call her, arrived in Libya from the Philippines in the mid-eighties. Since then, she has worked all over the country.

“When I came to Libya back in 1985, I was based in a city hospital west of Tripoli for seven years. It was the hardest time of my life and after that, I went home for few years. Then I came back to Benghazi, my favorite Libyan city, where I lived for 10 years,” said Lutchi.

She now lives in Tripoli and works as a nurse at the Tripoli Medical Centre. Over the years, Lutchi has seen the country change and is determined not to let the enduring conflict deter her from staying and working in Libya. She hopes that the situation improves soon.

“I pray with the others for peace in Libya. It’s my second home, after all, and it offered me its best, back in the day,” she said.

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Migration in the News

  • AFP, Reuters, Le Point and Channel News Asia reported that more than 20 African migrants were missing and feared drowned Tuesday after scores of people seeking to reach Italy were rescued from unseaworthy boats off the Libyan coast.
  • Rudaw reported that the UN will focus its aid efforts in Iraq on helping two million displaced persons return home this year.
  • IPS reported that IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson called for improved humanitarian financing structures at the 15th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition.
  • Sweden’s Aftonbladet spoke to Joy, one of the many Nigerian women who are promised a good life and ended up being trafficked for prostitution in Italy.
  • Rewire.News reported that members of Nigeria’s Bring Back Our Girls movement are vowing to continue the push to free girls who remain in Boko Haram’s captivity amid news of another abduction of schoolgirls and increasing terror by the extremist group.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland reported that Somalia is slowly recovering from the civil war and maternal mortality remains high.
  • Catholic News Service reported that the Catholic Church and Catholic agencies that work with migrants and refugees around the world should educate, advocate and seek alternative host countries in the face of a growing ‘refusal to welcome’ newcomers.
  • Albuquerque Journal reported about the city’s refugee population and their children, and discussed the process for a refugee to be resettled in the US.

Trending on the Internet

  • ILO reported that as part of its efforts to ensure access to adequate services for migrant workers, it opened a unique center that provides its members with their own space where they can pursue recreational and other activities, in Irbid governorate in Jordan.
  • The Economist (subs) reported that experts worry that adding climate refugees to international law would reduce protections for existing refugees.
  • Voice of America reported that migrants, both legal and not, were pondering their future after the anti-immigrant League surged in popularity in Italian elections the day before.
  • Al Jazeera published a video of Afghan refugees who are battling a bitter winter by burning rubbish to stay warm.


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