UN humanitarian officials warned that a million people in Libya may soon require emergency assistance due to shortages of life-saving medicines.

An absence of any central authority in post-Gaddafi Libya, and the endless fighting between a large number of militias, is cultivating chaos in the country. Hospitals in Libya are either not functioning or in very poor condition due to anarchy following the 2011 insurrection that toppled Gaddafi.

“Our estimation is that by the end of March, Libya may run out of life saving medications which will impact about one million people,” UN humanitarian coordinator for Libya Ali Al-Za’tari told Reuters on Monday. “If there is no medication and medical supplies coming in, that will be a real issue for Libya.” Continue reading »