News stories from Europe and Central Asia

10 February 2016

Germany: Red Cross volunteers support rescue operation after train collision in Bad Aibling

German Red Cross deployed its staff and volunteers at the site in Bad Aibling shortly after the train accident to provide assistance to victims.
Spanish Red Cross hands over health clinics on Chios and Samos
9 February 2016

Spanish Red Cross hands over health clinics on Chios and Samos

The Hellenic and Spanish Red Cross have worked side-by-side in health clinics and child-friendly spaces supporting migrants for the past four months.
Lesvos: New shoreline transit centre helps migrants upon arrival
26 January 2016

Lesvos: New shoreline transit centre helps migrants upon arrival

Over 26,000 vulnerable people have braved the freezing weather and rough seas to reach Lesvos in the first few weeks of 2016.
Melting hearts with a warm Icelandic welcome
26 January 2016

Melting hearts with a warm Icelandic welcome

Syrian families build a new life in Iceland with support from the Icelandic Red Cross volunteers eager to help.
Torrential rain in Serbia brings more misery for migrants
26 January 2016

Torrential rain in Serbia brings more misery for migrants

The Red Cross of Serbia provides emergency relief to migrant families in the driving rain near Sid in Serbia en route to Croatia.
Chios: Helping patients and coaxing smiles as migrants wait to register
19 January 2016

Chios: Helping patients and coaxing smiles as migrants wait to register

“Next patient,” a smiling nurse calls, ushering a father with his child behind the curtain where the doctor awaits.
Rough sleepers at rubbish dump given life-line in Belarus as brutal winter begins
12 January 2016

Rough sleepers at rubbish dump given life-line in Belarus as brutal winter begins

Dozens of homeless people living on landfill sites in Belarus have been supported with hot food, first aid and treatment for frostbite as temperatures in the country plummet.
Refugees build communities despite the challenge of living hand-to-mouth
11 January 2016

Refugees build communities despite the challenge of living hand-to-mouth

Refugees from Syria and Iraq find community-spirit amid the challenges of camp life in northern France.
Supporting people through the trauma of waiting for the worst newsSupporting people through the trauma of waiting for the worst news
5 January 2016

Supporting people through the trauma of waiting for the worst news

Qusai Jaber is among the 121,000 people who have arrived on the Greek island of Chios seeking safety in the last year.
Aid convoy arrives in Calais as camp conditions worsen
4 January 2016

Aid convoy arrives in Calais as camp conditions worsen

British and French Red Cross volunteers have carried out a joint aid operation to help refugees and migrants in northern France.
Emergency teams in action across northern England as storms batter Britain
30 December 2015

Emergency teams in action across northern England as storms batter Britain

The British Red Cross has deployed 100 volunteers across northern England after severe floods swept across the region.
Mother of autistic triplets’ desperate struggle for support
29 December 2015

Mother of autistic triplets’ desperate struggle for support

Nurse Jihani Mofalami is among the 1,700 people arriving daily on the Greek island of Chios. She fled her war-ravaged home town of Daram, Syria with her husband and four children.
Scarred by shelling that killed friends and neighbours
22 December 2015

Scarred by shelling that killed friends and neighbours

For five days her district in the city of Horlivka was bombed.
Waldar went through a muddy, Bulgarian forest without food or water
21 December 2015

Waldar went through a muddy, Bulgarian forest without food or water

There are many routes into Europe. Walder Abbas travelled through dense Bulgarian forest.
The Walkie Talkie Information Service
17 December 2015

The Walkie Talkie Information Service

“Where am I?” This is the most common question people fleeing conflict and upheaval ask when they arrive wet and cold on the northern coast of the small Greek island of Lesvos.
“I wanted to save my grandson from the bombs”
15 December 2015

“I wanted to save my grandson from the bombs”

The bombing in Horlivka, eastern Ukraine, would last the entire night.
Brother’s murder forced father-of-five to flee
15 December 2015

Brother’s murder forced father-of-five to flee

An Iraqi father-of-three whose brother was brutally murdered by insurgents has finally found safety in Austria after a harrowing escape to Europe.
Safe spaces for children in Turkey
15 December 2015

Safe spaces for children in Turkey

“My family came to Turkey because of the fighting and because my parents were worried about the abduction of girls,” explains Maya.
Fears for welfare of migrants transferred to sports hall from northern Greek border
14 December 2015

Fears for welfare of migrants transferred to sports hall from northern Greek border

Concerns are growing for the welfare of thousands of people who have been bussed back to Athens from the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Widowed father reunited with children after desperate search in Sicily
8 December 2015

Widowed father reunited with children after desperate search in Sicily

Italian Red Cross RFL teams ensure newly arrived migrant families reunite in ports before leaving for the main land.

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