Country: Greece

Red Cross warns surge in women and children arriving in Greece could spark emergency close to land border with Turkey

Budapest/Geneva, 20 April 2018 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is warning that a sharp rise in the number of people arriving in Greece from Turkey could signal the start of a summer emergency. More than 1,000 people have made the dangerous journey by foot from western Turkey to north east Greece, crossing the major Evros river, since March. More than 100 people have arrived every day this week. Head of the IFRC in Greece, Ruben Cano, said: “We’re seeing a significant increase in the number of people making this long and dangerous journey across a river and the majority are women and children. “There are pregnant women and elderly people among those attempting to cross. And if they do make it, they arrive exhausted and with almost nothing. “This is not the route most people take to reach Greece – it’s a worrying development. The summer will see river levels drop which could also lead to a further rise in people braving the journey.” The Hellenic Red Cross and IFRC are preparing to provide essential supplies like sleeping bags, blankets and nappies for babies and young children. When people arrive in the Evros area of Greece, the nearest medical centre is 35 km away while the nearest hospital is 150km. The closest official registration centre, in nearby Fylakio, is already overwhelmed which...

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“We all live with so much uncertainty here. It’s so important that organizations like the Red Cross are providing clear and accurate information, that they listen to what the community needs and does something with that information.” Saleh, Volunteer with the Red Cross in Nea Kavala Camp, Greece The acute migration crisis that unfolded in 2015 as a result of economic and political instability in several Middle Eastern and African countries has led to wide-scale displacement. In 2015 alone, Greece saw an influx of more than one million migrants. In 2016, tighter border restrictions and the agreement between the...

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About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.