News stories from Europe and Central Asia

25 July 2014

Respect: Ukrainian Red Cross volunteers take risks to save lives

Video documentary: In February 2014, and throughout the following months, Red Cross volunteers responded to violence in Maidan Square, Kiev.
Italy expresses support to Red Cross Red Crescent call for volunteers’ protection in Syria
15 July 2014

Italy expresses support to Red Cross Red Crescent call for volunteers’ protection in Syria

At the end of June, in Solferino, northern Italy, the National Assembly of the Italian Red Cross passed a motion for the protection and respect of humanitarian workers in Syria.
Croatian Red Cross responding to the worst natural disaster in living memory
14 July 2014

Croatian Red Cross responding to the worst natural disaster in living memory

In mid-May, heavy rainfall led to severe flooding across north-eastern Croatia, as well as parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the three countries.
Bulgarian Red Cross responds as thousands are affected by floods
21 June 2014

Bulgarian Red Cross responds as thousands are affected by floods

The Bulgarian Red Cross staff and volunteers responded immediately to the humanitarian needs following the flash floods that suddenly hit the north-eastern part of the country late on Thursday, 19 June.
A happy ending to a perilous journey from North Africa to Europe
20 June 2014

A happy ending to a perilous journey from North Africa to Europe

Until three years ago Lamin wanted to visit Europe to realize his dream: he wanted to see snow. But life has sometimes a completely unexpected way to satisfy our desires. So Lamin has experience snow as a result of the ‘Arab Spring’.
One month later, an elementary school is still home
12 June 2014

One month later, an elementary school is still home

One month after the devastating floods that forced tens of thousands of people to leave their homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kata Djukic sits on a mattress on the floor of an elementary school in Orasje.
Life goes on – so does the washing machine
12 June 2014

Life goes on – so does the washing machine

“We were evacuated from Obrenovac by helicopter 27 days ago,” says 32-year-old Dragana Stankovic.
You might not have considered it, but giving blood is more than a habit. It is a real necessity
12 June 2014

You might not have considered it, but giving blood is more than a habit. It is a real necessity

Evelyn Dejonckheere (28) of Torhout has just given birth to a beautiful baby daughter. But what should have been one of the greatest moments of her life turned into a real drama. Luckily, it all went well in the end.
Tajikistan: Awareness campaign reaching new heights
12 June 2014

Tajikistan: Awareness campaign reaching new heights

Passengers on East Air flights from Tajikistan to Russia will now receive information on tuberculosis prevention and treatment as well as legal issues related to being a migrant worker.
Albania receives ‘Mother Theresa’ Award  as National Societies across Europe celebrate World RCRC Day and 150 years since the First Geneva Convention
6 June 2014

Albania receives ‘Mother Theresa’ Award as National Societies across Europe celebrate World RCRC Day and 150 years since the First Geneva Convention

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day created a real buzz across Europe this year as many National Societies organized an array of programmes around the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the First Geneva Convention and the global campaign – My Red Cross Red
Volunteers provide assistance to Roma communities after the floods
4 June 2014

Volunteers provide assistance to Roma communities after the floods

Early one weekend morning, volunteers at the New Sarajevo Red Cross branch load up boxes into a truck donated by DHL. Food, hygiene products and clothes are being brought to a Roma community 200 kilometres north of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
European Conference: Time to act differently
2 June 2014

European Conference: Time to act differently

Europe is changing – and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Europe need to adapt to these changes.
Red Cross youth volunteers mobilize after Bosnia and Herzegovina flooding
30 May 2014

Red Cross youth volunteers mobilize after Bosnia and Herzegovina flooding

Nedim Jasic, 21, has been volunteering for the New Sarajevo branch youth chapter of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the past eight years.
Flooding brings back memories of civil war
30 May 2014

Flooding brings back memories of civil war

Ramiza Dedic, 43, has been sleeping in the army barracks in the municipality of Zenica since she was evacuated from her home after the floods.
Families waiting to return to their homes following floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina
30 May 2014

Families waiting to return to their homes following floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Following devastating floods, many families are staying in Red Cross evacuation centres until the water levels drop.
Volunteers provide food, shelter and psychosocial support in the aftermath of floods
23 May 2014

Volunteers provide food, shelter and psychosocial support in the aftermath of floods

Survivors of floods in Bosnia share their apocalyptic stories of running from rising waters.
Serbia: Returning money found in items donated for flood assistance
22 May 2014

Serbia: Returning money found in items donated for flood assistance

Volunteer Chachac Suzana Vukic, 19, almost panicked when she found a big pile of money while sorting through relief items donated for the people affected by the floods in Serbia.
Volunteer: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
22 May 2014

Volunteer: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Reflecting on the events from the past few days, volunteer Milan Mirkovic says: “In this disaster situation one of the best things that happened was the outpouring of solidarity.
Utilizing peer engagement to encourage and sustain healthy lifestyles
16 May 2014

Utilizing peer engagement to encourage and sustain healthy lifestyles

The Armenian Red Cross Society has launched a new programme to promote healthy lifestyles
Volunteers from Turkish Red Crescent respond after mine explosion
14 May 2014

Volunteers from Turkish Red Crescent respond after mine explosion

The Turkish Red Crescent has deployed five response teams to support the Aegean Coast Disaster Management Center in response to a coal mine explosion.

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