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Q&A: Mercy Corps Takes On Role In Libyan Evacuation


Misrata is the last major rebel foothold in western Libya. Wednesday, two western photojournalists were killed there.  And the city has lost hundreds of residents to combat.

Many people are being evacuated from Misrata — among them, non-Libyans who’ve been working in the country.

The International Organization of Migration is helping workers from Ghana, Niger, the Philippines and elsewhere, return to their home countries.  And Portland-based Mercy Corps has been providing logistical support.

The workers leave Misrata on a boat to Benghazi, then travel on to the Egyptian border. 

Steve Haley is a Portland native who’s Mercy Corps’ country representative for Libya.  He spoke with me from Misrata by satellite phone.

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