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In Pictures - Red Cross response to migration across countries on the Western Balkan route

On shores of Lesvos  Hellenic Red Cross rescue team volunteers help newly arrived migrants to get off the boat. Thousands of migrants arrive on Greek shores on daily basis despite the increasingly cold weather. This year more than 3,000 migrants lost their lives at sea in their attempt to reach Europe. Charlotte Hyest, IFRC

On the shores of Lesvos, volunteers from the Hellenic Red Cross rescue team help newly arrived migrants to get off the boat. Thousands of migrants arrive on Greek shores on daily basis despite the increasingly cold weather. This year more than 3,000 migrants lost their lives at sea in their attempt to reach Europe. Charlotte Hyest, IFRC

The Secretary General of the IFRC, Elhadj As Sy, travelled to Greece on the 2nd and 3rd November, to meet Red Cross and government officials and to take stock of the Red Cross response to the ongoing migration situation. With the leadership of the Hellenic Red Cross, he visited the Eleonas accommodation centre in Athens where the Red Cross is delivering relief parcels. Linda Low, IFRC

Elhadj As Sy, the Secretary General of the IFRC, travelled to Greece on the 2nd and 3rd November, to meet Red Cross and government officials and to take stock of the Red Cross response to the ongoing migration situation. With the leadership of the Hellenic Red Cross, he visited the Eleonas accommodation centre in Athens where the Red Cross is delivering relief parcels.Linda Low, IFRC

As the cold season settles in, survival blankets are essential to the migrants who get off the boat after their journey in open boats at sea.  Here a Hellenic Red Cross volunteer helps a newly arrived child to get in such a blanket after getting off the boat in Lesvos. Charlotte Hyest, IFRC

As the cold season settles in, survival blankets are essential to the migrants who get off the boat after their journey in open boats at sea.  Here a Hellenic Red Cross volunteer helps a newly arrived child to get in such a blanket after getting off the boat in Lesvos. Charlotte Hyest, IFRC

As the cold season settles in, survival blankets are essential to the migrants who get off the boat after their journey in open boats at sea.  Here a Hellenic Red Cross volunteer helps a newly arrived child to get in such a blanket after getting off the boat in Lesvos. CNewly arrived migrants on the island of Lesvos receive fresh clothes from a Hellenic Red Cross volunteer. The National Society is providing  services such as Restoring Family Links services, hygiene and health promotion, first aid and basic health care, psychosocial support, and relief distributions. Charlotte Hyest, IFRC

Newly arrived migrants on the island of Lesvos receive fresh clothes from a Hellenic Red Cross volunteer. The National Society is providing  services such as Restoring Family Links services, hygiene and health promotion, first aid and basic health care, psychosocial support, and relief distributions. Charlotte Hyest, IFRC

Tiny Osna  is the youngest inhabitant at the transit camp in FYR Macedonia situated near the border with Greece. Red Cross volunteer doctor Bojana Vrevezoska checks on her regularly to make sure that she remains healthy.  Caroline Haga / IFRC

Tiny Osna  is the youngest inhabitant at the transit camp in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia situated near the border with Greece. Red Cross volunteer doctor Bojana Vrevezoska checks on her regularly to make sure that she remains healthy.  Caroline Haga / IFRC

"When the migrants realise that I'm also Syrian, they often get so emotional that they hug me and then we cry together," says Dr. Abdullah from Syria. He has been working in the medical team of the at the Tabanovce transit camp for two months. Caroline Haga / IFRC

"When migrants realise that I'm also Syrian, they often get so emotional that they hug me and then we cry together," says Dr. Abdullah from Syria. He has been working in the Red Cross health assistnace team of the at the Tabanovce transit camp in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for two months. Caroline Haga / IFRC

Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq arrive by bus to the Serbian/Croatian border. Red Cross distribute food, water, clothes, shoes and other necessities to people moving quickly through then Western Balkan route. Donald Boström

Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq arrive by bus to the Serbian/Croatian border. Red Cross distribute food, water, clothes, shoes and other necessities to people moving quickly through then Western Balkan route. Donald Boström

Water and food are essential to people-on the move and amongst the main relief items distributed by the Red Cross Societies in all countries along the Western Balkan route. Donald Boström

Water and food are essential to people-on the move and amongst the main relief items distributed by the Red Cross Societies in all countries along the Western Balkan route. Donald Boström

Water and food are essential to people-on the move and amongst the main relief items distributed by the Red Cross Societies in all countries along the Western Balkan route. Donald Boström

Migrant child receiving food from Red Cross volunteers at Dobova in Slovenia. Tens of thousands of migrants have moved through Slovenia since Hungary closed its borders mid-October. Slovenian Red Cross provides food, water, blankets and first aid. John Engedal Nissen, IFRC


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