News stories from Europe and Central Asia

27 September 2016

Longing for son while stuck in limbo

More than 200 people have been stranded in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia since the borders closed around them six months earlier.
Young volunteers rally round children forced to flee fire at island camp
22 September 2016

Young volunteers rally round children forced to flee fire at island camp

Volunteers in Greece have been helping children get in touch with their loved ones after a blaze tore through a migration reception centre on the island of Lesvos on Monday.
Addressing the taboo of the emotional needs of men
13 September 2016

Addressing the taboo of the emotional needs of men

Azad and Nashmia fled northern Iraq the day that 10 of their family members were kidnapped.
IFRC President visits German Red Cross: “We represent humanity, we represent help.”
6 September 2016

IFRC President visits German Red Cross: “We represent humanity, we represent help.”

Mr. Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, gained many insights into the scale and complexity of German Red Cross programmes during visits to Berlin and Brandenburg.
IFRC President hails “tripartite cooperation for humanity”
2 September 2016

IFRC President hails “tripartite cooperation for humanity”

IFRC President Tadateru Konoé has met with leaders from the German Red Cross and the German Government on the first day of his mission to the country.
Devastated communities struggle to come to terms after quake
30 August 2016

Devastated communities struggle to come to terms after quake

Almost one week after an earthquake rocked Central Italy, communities are coming to terms with the devastation
Red Cross rescuers join hunt for quake survivors
24 August 2016

Red Cross rescuers join hunt for quake survivors

Search and rescue teams and sniffer dogs from the Italian Red Cross are on the ground in central Italy following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the early hours of the morning.
                  Saving lives at sea:  how a rescue works
23 August 2016

Saving lives at sea: how a rescue works

The Italian Red Cross and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) joined forces this month to launch a search and rescue operation aboard the Responder in the ...
Clowns, puppets and papier mâché: all in a day’s work for hygiene promotion volunteers
23 August 2016

Clowns, puppets and papier mâché: all in a day’s work for hygiene promotion volunteers

Florian Hass is a hygiene promoter working in two refugee camps in Northern Greece.
Surviving a dangerous journey to safety
19 August 2016

Surviving a dangerous journey to safety

Hasan Al-Baba, 27, is a survivor. Having survived war, imprisonment and violence in Syria, he managed to save himself and his family as their boat capsized in the middle of the Mediterranean on their way to Europe.
Rescue boat medic:
16 August 2016

Rescue boat medic: "The people we save at sea get a second life"

Experienced Swiss nurse Nicole Rähle is part of the first Italian Red Cross medical team on board the rescue ship Responder which left Malta to save lives in the Mediterranean last week.
Pregnant woman among dozens of people treated by rescue boat medics
14 August 2016

Pregnant woman among dozens of people treated by rescue boat medics

A pregnant woman brought to safety by Red Cross recue boat the Responder is among dozens of patients treated by medics at sea this ...
Life-saving mission begins in the Mediterranean as Red Cross launches rescue boat
9 August 2016

Life-saving mission begins in the Mediterranean as Red Cross launches rescue boat

The Red Cross has launched its first search and rescue ship in a bid to save the lives of people crossing the Mediterranean seeking refuge and safety in Europe.
Freak storm leaves 22 dead in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
8 August 2016

Freak storm leaves 22 dead in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Red Cross responds to recent flood and launches appeal to provide assisance to the affected population.
From football coaches to hairdressers: Camp community uses skills to take on training for children
4 August 2016

From football coaches to hairdressers: Camp community uses skills to take on training for children

At Skaramagas camp in Greece, there are teachers, doctors, lawyers, translators, seamstresses, hairdressers, football coaches…you name it.
Camp residents step up to keep community clean
2 August 2016

Camp residents step up to keep community clean

Every day Samir, from Syria, picks up and clears away rubbish from the Skaramagas camp in Greece.
German Red Cross sets up temporary shelter after Munich attack
23 July 2016

German Red Cross sets up temporary shelter after Munich attack

People affected by the Munich attack are welcomed in temporary shelter by the German Red Cross workers
Scorching heat and poor conditions exacerbate suffering on Hungary-Serbia border
19 July 2016

Scorching heat and poor conditions exacerbate suffering on Hungary-Serbia border

Red Cross provides support to people in desperate situation on both side of the Hungarian-Serbian border.
Scorching heat and poor conditions exacerbate suffering on Hungary-Serbia border
19 July 2016

Scorching heat and poor conditions exacerbate suffering on Hungary-Serbia border

Red Cross provides support to people in desperate situation on both side of the Hungarian-Serbian border.
Red Crescent teams respond as unrest rocks Turkey
16 July 2016

Red Crescent teams respond as unrest rocks Turkey

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured following outbreaks of violence across Turkey on Friday.

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