News stories from Europe and Central Asia

24 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Mina, from Brčko district

Mina is 65 years old. When the floods came to Brčko district in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she lost almost everything.
Beneficiary profile: Hajdar
15 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Hajdar from Janja, Republika Srpska

Hajdar and his family woke at 3 am one night in in May to the sound of rushing water; floods had arrived in Janja.
Beneficiary profile: Jela
15 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Jela from Brčko district

Jela worked hard for many years to build her home in Brčko. The floodwaters swept almost everything away.
Beneficiary profile: Emin
15 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Emin from Maglaj, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Emin, a retiree, had to evacuate his home when floods swept through Maglaj in May of this year
Flood-struck families urgently make repairs as they face into winter
15 August 2014

Flood-struck families urgently make repairs as they face into winter

Across the Bosnia and Herzegovina, communities are still struggling to recover from the devastating floods that swept across the country. Red Cross volunteers have helped hundreds of thousands of people.
Increased numbers of migrants at sea highlight need for humanitarian assistance and legal protection
31 July 2014

Italy: Migrants at sea highlight need for humanitarian assistance and legal protection

In Sicily, dozens of Italian Red Cross (ItRC) vehicles and ambulances as well as volunteers receive migrants who land on a daily basis on the southern shores of Italy exhausted and traumatized after a perilous journey at sea.
Respect: Ukrainian Red Cross volunteers take risks to save lives
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.

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