News stories from Europe and Central Asia

19 December 2014

IFRC SG Elhadj As Sy endorses the Model Disaster Law in Russia

IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy visits Russia and praises the adoption of Model Law for emergency and assistance in Parliament.
Belarus: Icelandic celebrity visits Open Home in Belarus
19 November 2014

Icelandic celebrity tells his story at Open Home of the Belarus Red Cross

The lead singer of the Icelandic band Gus Gus spent several hours at the Open Home in Minsk prior to the band`s concert in the Belarusian capital in November 2014.
Ukarine: Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine face their first winter
4 November 2014

Displaced People in Ukraine count on Red Cross support as they face their first winter away from home

The staff and volunteers of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) are fully engaged in assisting the displaced population in preparing for their first winter away from home.
A day with Turkish Red  Crescent in camps for Syrian people
30 October 2014

A day with Turkish Red Crescent in camps for Syrian people

“Be a doctor”, “Help people in need”, “Live in a safe place without bombs”, “Return home”, “Become a Red Crescent member as the people that is supporting us”.
Massive increase in people seeking refuge at Syrian border put pressure on relief supplies in Turkey
2 October 2014

Massive increase in people seeking refuge at Syrian border put pressure on relief supplies in Turkey

Food support is the most pressing need for the Turkish Red Crescent Society as it responds to the tens of thousands of people entering Turkey from Syria. In cooperation with the Turkish authorities, the society has provided bottles of water, energy biscui
Latest natural disaster in Serbia draws more support
27 September 2014

Latest natural disaster in Serbia draws more support

A new wave of floods that hit isolated villages in the eastern parts of Serbia last week prompted the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to release emergency funds yesterday, 25 September in support of the Red Cros
First-ever global conference on climate and health ends at WHO in Geneva
4 September 2014

First-ever global conference on climate and health ends at WHO in Geneva

The first-ever global conference on climate and health ended last Friday at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO).
World Blood Donation Day
3 September 2014

Georgia: Red Cross volunteers donate blood to save mothers

The personal story of one Georgian mother highlights the `Safe Blood for Saving Mothers´campaign and the importance of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation.
Beneficiary profile: Mina
24 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Mina, from Brčko district

Mina is 65 years old. When the floods came to Brčko district in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she lost almost everything.
Beneficiary profile: Hajdar
15 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Hajdar from Janja, Republika Srpska

Hajdar and his family woke at 3 am one night in in May to the sound of rushing water; floods had arrived in Janja.
Beneficiary profile: Jela
15 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Jela from Brčko district

Jela worked hard for many years to build her home in Brčko. The floodwaters swept almost everything away.
Beneficiary profile: Emin
15 August 2014

Beneficiary profile: Emin from Maglaj, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Emin, a retiree, had to evacuate his home when floods swept through Maglaj in May of this year
Flood-struck families urgently make repairs as they face into winter
15 August 2014

Flood-struck families urgently make repairs as they face into winter

Across the Bosnia and Herzegovina, communities are still struggling to recover from the devastating floods that swept across the country. Red Cross volunteers have helped hundreds of thousands of people.
Increased numbers of migrants at sea highlight need for humanitarian assistance and legal protection
31 July 2014

Italy: Migrants at sea highlight need for humanitarian assistance and legal protection

In Sicily, dozens of Italian Red Cross (ItRC) vehicles and ambulances as well as volunteers receive migrants who land on a daily basis on the southern shores of Italy exhausted and traumatized after a perilous journey at sea.
Respect: Ukrainian Red Cross volunteers take risks to save lives
25 July 2014

Respect: Ukrainian Red Cross volunteers take risks to save lives

Video documentary: In February 2014, and throughout the following months, Red Cross volunteers responded to violence in Maidan Square, Kiev.
Italy expresses support to Red Cross Red Crescent call for volunteers’ protection in Syria
15 July 2014

Italy expresses support to Red Cross Red Crescent call for volunteers’ protection in Syria

At the end of June, in Solferino, northern Italy, the National Assembly of the Italian Red Cross passed a motion for the protection and respect of humanitarian workers in Syria.
Croatian Red Cross responding to the worst natural disaster in living memory
14 July 2014

Croatian Red Cross responding to the worst natural disaster in living memory

In mid-May, heavy rainfall led to severe flooding across north-eastern Croatia, as well as parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the three countries.
Bulgarian Red Cross responds as thousands are affected by floods
21 June 2014

Bulgarian Red Cross responds as thousands are affected by floods

The Bulgarian Red Cross staff and volunteers responded immediately to the humanitarian needs following the flash floods that suddenly hit the north-eastern part of the country late on Thursday, 19 June.
A happy ending to a perilous journey from North Africa to Europe
20 June 2014

A happy ending to a perilous journey from North Africa to Europe

Until three years ago Lamin wanted to visit Europe to realize his dream: he wanted to see snow. But life has sometimes a completely unexpected way to satisfy our desires. So Lamin has experience snow as a result of the ‘Arab Spring’.
One month later, an elementary school is still home
12 June 2014

One month later, an elementary school is still home

One month after the devastating floods that forced tens of thousands of people to leave their homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kata Djukic sits on a mattress on the floor of an elementary school in Orasje.

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