News stories from Europe and Central Asia

23 June 2016

Powerful hailstorm hits impoverished north-eastern tip of Hungary

Lumps of ice storm damages roofs and cars in a small cluster of Hungarian villages.
Greece: Surviving war and a dangerous journey at 18, while pregnant with second child
20 June 2016

Greece: Surviving war and a dangerous journey at 18, while pregnant with second child

18-year old Arij Zaaouit has already lived through so much that it is difficult to imagine.
Greece: Improving living conditions while clowning around
14 June 2016

Greece: Improving living conditions while clowning around

Red Cross in Greece steps up humanitarian support to migrants in camps where people are stuck for an indefinite period of time.
Bulgaria’s pensioners fight for rights of the elderly
8 June 2016

Bulgaria’s pensioners fight for rights of the elderly

The Bulgarian Red Cross supports the elderly advocate on their own behalf.
Italian Red Cross teams up with search and rescue service to save lives in the Mediterranean
7 June 2016

Italian Red Cross teams up with search and rescue service to save lives in the Mediterranean

Medics from the Italian Red Cross joined forces with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) on board its flagship rescue vessel Phoenix as it set sail from Malta on Monday.
Red Cross doubles support in Greece as thousands await their fate
3 June 2016

Red Cross doubles support in Greece as thousands await their fate

Over 50,000 people, mainly families, are stranded in Greece awaiting their fate pending decisions on asylum and EU relocation.
From sewing classes to computer courses: community centres in Turkey give Syrians a lifeline
3 June 2016

From sewing classes to computer courses: community centres in Turkey give Syrians a lifeline

Turkish Red Cross has been establishing community centres for the Syrian refugees living in urban areas.
Red Cross doubles support in Greece as thousands await their fate
2 June 2016

Red Cross doubles support in Greece as thousands await their fate

Uncertainty and dire conditions in Greece impact the physical and mental health of the stranded migrants.
Red Cross in the heart and on the uniform: the history of Salaymana
1 June 2016

Red Cross in the heart and on the uniform: the history of Salaymana

“Life should pass sweetly,” says Salaymana. “No one should have to flee and risk their life in search of a better future.”
Mediterranean shipwrecks: the horror that never makes it to the screen
31 May 2016

Mediterranean shipwrecks: the horror that never makes it to the screen

The raw data on migrant arrivals on the shores of southern Italy only tell a small part of a vast story.
Tough conditions in Hungary counteracted by solidarity and a hot cup of tea at new reception centre
24 May 2016

Tough conditions in Hungary counteracted by solidarity and a hot cup of tea at new reception centre

Closing the Western Balkan route caused an increase in the number of migrants entering Hungary.
German Red Cross shifts migration response focus to social inclusion
17 May 2016

German Red Cross shifts migration response focus to social inclusion

German Red Cross takes a longer term approach and provides social inclusion support for migrants with their programmes.
Mudslides wipe out homes and livelihoods after torrential rain in Tajikistan
17 May 2016

Mudslides wipe out homes and livelihoods after torrential rain in Tajikistan

Thousands of people have seen their homes and farmland ravaged by recent mudslides in northern Tajikistan.
Syrian parents separated from children launch Red Cross campaign for family reunion reform in the UK
17 May 2016

Syrian parents separated from children launch Red Cross campaign for family reunion reform in the UK

For Muhammed and Amal Alwadi, fleeing violence at home meant losing the one thing they cherished most - their family.
Single mum’s struggle to support family after fighting left them homeless
9 May 2016

Single mum’s struggle to support family after fighting left them homeless

Alla from eastern Ukraine is struggling to make ends meet in an impoverished region in Belarus after fleeing the conflict back home.
Playtime in Idomeni provides respite for families
3 May 2016

Playtime in Idomeni provides respite for families

Tania Karagianni, 53, makes the men around her laugh. “No drawings, no shade,” she says under a marquee near the Red Cross medical clinic and a couple sit down at the table and obediently pick up pencils.
Dozens missing and hundreds rescued in tragic weekend of boat disasters
2 May 2016

Dozens missing and hundreds rescued in tragic weekend of boat disasters

More than 700 people attempting the lethal sea crossing from North Africa to Italy were rescued and taken to Sicily this weekend.
Hellenic Red Cross increases support for thousands of families trapped in camps
26 April 2016

Hellenic Red Cross increases support for thousands of families trapped in camps

Medical care and vital food, water and emergency supplies are being prioritized by Red Cross teams at one of the Greek capital’s main camps for migrants.
Learning the local language during agonizing wait for information
21 April 2016

Learning the local language during agonizing wait for information

Find out how a young Iraqi man stuck in Greece copes with life in a limbo.
In a dying village, hope in Ludmila’s home
20 April 2016

In a dying village, hope in Ludmila’s home

Belarus Red Cross maintains a glimmer of hope to a region closest to Chernobyl thirty years after the nuclear disaster.

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