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29 November 2016

First snow fall of the winter brings more misery to northern Greece

Temperature below zero calls for urgent action in migrant centres in Greece.
Refugees battle mental health problems in Sweden
22 November 2016

Refugees battle mental health problems in Sweden

Mental health problems are common among newly-resettled refugees and asylum seekers searching for safety in in Sweden.
Camp communities in Lesvos learn life-saving skills
22 November 2016

Camp communities in Lesvos learn life-saving skills

Hands on First Aid and health in emergency training helps migrants understand how to deal with an emergency and assist those who have suffered injuries, allergic reactions, bleeding etc
Life and death in the Mediterranean
22 November 2016

Life and death in the Mediterranean

A week of dramatic rescues in the Mediterranean.
Empowering migrant communities to speak out in Italy
21 November 2016

Empowering migrant communities to speak out in Italy

The Migration team of the Italian Red Cross is testing on the ground the latest feedback method.
Train of Humanity targeting health of labourers rolls across Central Asia
18 November 2016

Train of Humanity targeting health of labourers rolls across Central Asia

Red Crescent in Central Asia board the train to talk to Moscow to talk to men and women of working age travelling for work about HIV and TB prevention.
Families brace themselves for winter in camps as temperatures drop in Greece
15 November 2016

Families brace themselves for winter in camps as temperatures drop in Greece

People stranded in Greece keep themselves busy by volunteering for the benefit of their community.
Torrential rain sees flooding ravage villages in Kosovo and Albania
11 November 2016

Torrential rain sees flooding ravage villages in Kosovo and Albania

Hundreds of families have lost winter food reserves, livestock and homes in Kosovo and Albania after three days of heavy rain saw homes flooded.
Ten-member Yazidi family forced to flee Iraq
8 November 2016

Ten-member Yazidi family forced to flee Iraq

Dumu Shivan’s youngest child, now three-and-a-half months old, was born in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - far away from his home in Iraq.
Updated guidance for first responders: Managing bodies after disasters
1 November 2016

Updated guidance for first responders: Managing bodies after disasters

When disasters and health crises strike, volunteers from organizations like the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other community members are often the first to respond—caring for survivors and managing bodies of the deceased.
Fear grips quake-hit communities following Italy’s strongest tremor in decades
31 October 2016

Fear grips quake-hit communities following Italy’s strongest tremor in decades

Psychological support experts from the Italian Red Cross are on the ground in central Italy as thousands of people come to terms with the third strong earthquake in four days.
Double-quake rocks central Italy
27 October 2016

Double-quake rocks central Italy

Hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes after two tremors struck central Italy last night.
IFRC and Russia’s Emergency Response Agency to strengthen humanitarian response cooperation and training
25 October 2016

IFRC and Russia’s Emergency Response Agency to strengthen humanitarian response cooperation and training

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Russian emergency response agency, EMERCOM, have agreed to boost cooperation in future humanitarian relief operations.
Warm clothes, blankets and sleeping bags among winter kits in Greece as weather worsens
25 October 2016

Warm clothes, blankets and sleeping bags among winter kits in Greece as weather worsens

Hellenic Red Cross distributes critical items ahead of winter season for the migrants at Scaramagas.
Teenagers forced to flee war and violence
11 October 2016

Teenagers forced to flee war and violence

As darkness falls and temperatures drop, a long queue of men and women are waiting in line at the Krnjaca reception centre on the outskirts of Belgrade.
Red Cross launches “#Ambulance!” - a new online course for emergency care crews from around the world on staying safe
6 October 2016

Red Cross launches “#Ambulance!” - a new online course for emergency care crews from around the world on staying safe

Hundreds of ambulance and other pre-hospital emergency care workers logged on this week to begin a new month-long digital course, #Ambulance!, on ways to carry out their critical work safely in dangerous and risky settings
Italian rehab centre celebrates 40 years of fighting addiction
5 October 2016

Italian rehab centre celebrates 40 years of fighting addiction

Fourty years on many drug users continue to beat their addiction with the help of Villa Maraini.
Afghan family fights to stay strong after six months in border camp limbo
4 October 2016

Afghan family fights to stay strong after six months in border camp limbo

Migrants, including families with children, stranded in Macedonia have been waiting for long for a decision to be made on their asylum claims.
Couple separated by smugglers reunited on board the Responder
4 October 2016

Couple separated by smugglers reunited on board the Responder

The day started early on 2 October onboard the Responder search and rescue vessel.
Longing for son while stuck in limbo
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.
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