News stories from Europe and Central Asia

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 pledges to provide social inclusion support for migrants, as the National Society moves from emergency response to longer term 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.
Shopping and a life-saving screening at Central Department Store
20 April 2016

Shopping and a life-saving screening at Central Department Store

Svetlana in Belarus`s Mogilev recalls how the Red Cross thyroid screening saved her life in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
600,000 kilometres for Chernobyl
20 April 2016

600,000 kilometres for Chernobyl

The mobile medical team of the Belarus Red Cross tackles the effects of the Chernobyl disasters 30 years on.
Croatia’s main transit camp closes as Balkan route remains shut
20 April 2016

Croatia’s main transit camp closes as Balkan route remains shut

The Croatian Red Cross had been the lead humanitarian agency inside the Slavonski Brod centre before it closed down on 15 April 2016.
Families fleeing fighting in Ukraine plunged into poverty in Belarus
13 April 2016

Families fleeing fighting in Ukraine plunged into poverty in Belarus

The Ukrainian people who took refuge in Belarus face the tough economic reality of the country.
Humanitarian response across borders
13 April 2016

Humanitarian response across borders

Emergency responders from Turkish Red Crescent Society and Magen David Adom work together to provide humanitarian relief to affected people following a blast in Istanbul.
Red Cross activities continue after Idomeni protests
11 April 2016

Red Cross activities continue after Idomeni protests

Red Cross teams are still supporting migrants stranded in Idomeni.
Syrian medic in search of safety on the frontline of Red Cross response in Greece
5 April 2016

Syrian medic in search of safety on the frontline of Red Cross response in Greece

Former Syrian Red Cross volunteer doing his best to help other while stranded in Idomeni.
Radio show challenges HIV stigma and stereotypes
5 April 2016

Radio show challenges HIV stigma and stereotypes

The real-life experiences of women living with HIV in Tajikistan are hitting the airwaves in a bid to tackle prejudice and provide vital information on the disease
Volunteers provide a vital lifeline to vulnerable groups in Belarus
5 April 2016

Volunteers provide a vital lifeline to vulnerable groups in Belarus

Belarus Red Cross uses gender-based approach to tackles HIV transmission among women drug users.

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