News stories from Europe and Central Asia

28 July 2015

Supporting migrants en-route through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The Red Cross Society of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia provides support to migrants who cover long distances on foot for many days.
IFRC Secretary General visits TRCS in Ankara
16 July 2015

Cooperation high on the agenda during Secretary General’s visit to Ankara

IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy visits Ankara looking to increase cooperation with TRCS and the Government of Turkey.
Newly arrived families in the transit centre in Hungary receive psychosocial support from the Red Cross.
16 July 2015

Newly arrived migrants to Hungary need assistance in transit centre

Hungarian Red Cross provides psychosocial support to women and children in Röszke transit centre near the border with Serbia.
IFRC Secretary General meets the Governor of Fukushima to discuss recovery process from Japan’s 2011 triple disaster
15 July 2015

IFRC Secretary General meets the Governor of Fukushima to discuss recovery process from Japan’s 2011 triple disaster

It has been almost four and a half years since Japan was struck by the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Video - Ukraine: From beneficiary to volunteer
30 June 2015

Video - Ukraine: From beneficiary to volunteer

Philip is one of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people living in Ukraine. He is also a Red Cross volunteer.
Italy: Assistance to migrants goes beyond ports of arrival
16 June 2015

Italy: Assistance to migrants goes beyond ports of arrival

Italian Red Cross responds to needs of migrants in northern Italy, as thousands of people are on the move
Real change does not come easy – young volunteers lead the way!
12 June 2015

Real change does not come easy – young volunteers lead the way!

In June, 20 young Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia came together to find ways to inspire members of their communities to lead a more healthy lives
Turkey: Red Crescent provides assistance to those fleeing Al-Hasakah region
12 June 2015

Turkey: Red Crescent provides assistance to those fleeing Al-Hasakah region

As hundreds flee fighting in the Al-Hasakah region of Syria, Turkish Red Crescent provides assistance at the border
Video - Ukraine: Partnership key to Red Cross response – Secretary General
12 June 2015

Video - Ukraine: Partnership key to Red Cross response – Secretary General

Dr. Alla Khabarova, Secretary General, Ukrainian Red Cross Society gives an overview of response to the current crisis
In pictures - Ukraine: Internally displaced people
10 June 2015

In pictures - Ukraine: Internally displaced people

There are now over 1.3 million IDPs in Ukraine. This photo gallery gives an insight into the lives of some of these forced migrants...
Hope is elusive for people forced to flee their homes following violence in Ukraine
8 June 2015

Hope is elusive for people forced to flee their homes following violence in Ukraine

Since the outbreak of fighting in eastern Ukraine last year, people have been fleeing from the region for their safety, for their lives.
Health and wellbeing of mothers and children in emergencies
1 June 2015

Health and wellbeing of mothers and children in emergencies

“Sixty per cent of maternal, 53 per cent of under-five and 45 per cent of new born mortality takes place in humanitarian and fragile ...
Beneficiary profile: Mirnesa Medzic, Topcic Polje
23 May 2015

Beneficiary profile: Mirnesa Medzic, Topcic Polje

To mark one year anniversary of the floods that hit several countries in the Balkans the IFRC recently produced a series of stories profiling Red Cross beneficiaries in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the countries most affected by the crisis. In the after
Volunteers proved to be the most valuable asset during Serbian floods of 2014
22 May 2015

Volunteers proved to be the most valuable asset during Serbian floods of 2014

The major floods in the Balkans last year highlighted the crucial role of trained volunteers.
One year on from the Balkans floods:
21 May 2015

One year on from the Balkans floods: "I used every penny to rebuild my home"

To mark the firs anniversary of the floods that hit several countries in the Balkans the IFRC recently produced a series of stories profiling Red Cross beneficiaries in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
One year on from the Balkans floods:
20 May 2015

One year on from the Balkans floods: "This is the house where I was born"

Mina Livadic, 65, lives in Brcko District and was caught up in the flooding that devastated many parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014.
IFRC and Government of Turkmenistan sign agreement, commit to strengthened cooperation
14 May 2015

IFRC and Government of Turkmenistan sign agreement, commit to strengthened cooperation

The IFRC and the Government of Turkmenistan have signed an agreement concerning the legal status of the IFRC in the country that will strengthen cooperation and increase support to the Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan in carrying out its mandate.
Red Cross staff and volunteers assist migrants on their arrival in Europe
24 April 2015

Red Cross staff and volunteers assist migrants on their arrival in Europe

The figures keep rising until eventually they become impossible to ignore. Thousands of people are making the perilous crossing from the southern shores of the Mediterranean to Europe.
Eye-witnesses of conflict in Ukraine receive psychosocial support from Russian Red Cross volunteers
20 April 2015

Eye-witnesses of conflict in Ukraine receive psychosocial support from `Angels of Charity`

`Angels of Charity´ in Russia`s Rostov-on-Don is a special group of Red Cross volunteers always ready to provide emotional support to the people from Ukraine who show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Russian Red Cross branch responds in coordination with partners to the needs of people from Ukraine
17 April 2015

Russian Red Cross branch responds in coordination with partners to the needs of people from Ukraine

Red Cross branch in Rostov-on-Don coordinates efforts with local authorities and private donors to relieve the plight of people seeking safety and shelter in Russia.

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