News stories from Europe and Central Asia

5 September 2015

Humanity is central to supporting refugees and vulnerable migrants in Greece

Representatives from the Hellenic Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Societies (IFRC) joined the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, and Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship,
“We were treated like animals.” Migrants, in search of safety, brave treacherous journeys
4 September 2015

“We were treated like animals.” Migrants, in search of safety, brave treacherous journeys

They come from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Thousands of migrants crossing through Serbia every week – families with children, the disabled, the elderly, the young – all hoping to make it further into Europe.
Just want to be useful
1 September 2015

Just want to be useful

More than 180,000 vulnerable migrants have arrived in Greece this year. At the Elaiones Reception Center for migrants outside of Athens, three times a day, volunteers from the Hellenic Red Cross prepare and deliver food.
Moments of dignity
1 September 2015

Moments of dignity

The water runs down little one-year old Hasar’s body. Her mother, Ayaat, holds her while her father, Thaen, pours the water from a plastic bottle onto her curly hair to rinse away the ...
Needs continue to increase on the migration trail through Serbia
29 August 2015

Needs continue to increase on the migration trail through Serbia

Hundreds of people arrive at the Serbian border with small bags and blankets. After going through the pre-reception centre in Miratovac, they smile and shake hands with each other and with local residents.
Over land and sea – one Syrian family’s perilous journey to find a safer future
28 August 2015

Over land and sea – one Syrian family’s perilous journey to find a safer future

In a crowded tent on a dusty piece of ground near Gevgelija, in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, the Samir family sits talking to a Red Cross doctor about the illnesses of the four children in the group.
Providing dignity to people on the move in Lesbos
26 August 2015

Providing dignity to people on the move in Lesbos

In the first three weeks of August, over 54,000 people have arrived in Greece, many fleeing conflict and persecution.
Saving lives on the border of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
25 August 2015

Saving lives on the border of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Paramedic Pavel Ignov gently shakes a badly dehydrated woman who has collapsed in the dirt just over the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia’s border with Greece.
Pressure eases for migrants in Kos, but stark needs remain
20 August 2015

Pressure eases for migrants in Kos, but stark needs remain

Today, Greece is now bearing the greatest share of the burden of migration in Europe.
Thousands of families supported in the aftermath of floods in Kazakhstan
15 August 2015

Thousands of families supported in the aftermath of floods in Kazakhstan

More than 200 volunteers from the Kazakh Red Crescent were deployed in response to recent floods in Almaty.
Consistent support in an uncertain world – on the road in Europe
12 August 2015

Consistent support in an uncertain world – on the road in Europe

Each day, over 1,000 people travel through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, some days as many as 1,600. Three-quarters of recent arrivals are from Syria.
From slavery to freedom
12 August 2015

From slavery to freedom; a difficult and dangerous journey

Salif escaped slavery in Mali and travelled thousands of miles in search of freedom.
An epic, perilous journey for a teenage boy travelling alone
12 August 2015

An epic, perilous journey for a teenage boy travelling alone

Ebrahim is a 20-year-old man from Iran who currently lives in the UK. His story is a tale of exile and tragic separation from his family, as well as struggle to start a new life.
Supporting migrants en-route through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
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

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