In Cameroon’s far north, Bintou Abba Ali, a mother of thirteen, was forced to flee her village after a suicide attack devastated her family. “My husband and three of my sons were killed during a suicide attack. I left my home and fled with seven of my children in the hope of finding a safer place for them,” recalls Bintou.

The IFRC’s European Regional Office works in support of 53 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Through its Country Cluster Support Teams and Country Offices, it provides coordination, financial  and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

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Hurricane Irma is proving to be one of the most destructive storms in recent Caribbean history. It has already impacted communities in more than a dozen Caribbean nations and Island territories.

8 September 2017

With the Bee Gees blaring through the speakers on a sunlit Saturday, the Netherlands Red Cross promoted first aid at the Amsterdam Canal Parade.

31 August 2017

Guatemalan Red Cross, with the support of Norwegian Red Cross, trained 476 people through the “Community Resilience Project” with the aim of increasing their resilience to disasters.

29 August 2017

Four artists from the Red Noses Clowndoctors International are bringing laughter and greater understanding to children who have fled violence in Ukraine.

23 August 2017

At least two people are believed to have died and dozens injured following a magnitude 4 earthquake in the Bay of Naples. Ischia island was the worst hit by the tremor which caused several buildings to collapse including a church and houses. Several people remain trapped under the rubble.

22 August 2017
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Europe in focus

Growing vulnerabilities report

The recently published “Growing Vulnerabilities: increased action” is a follow up  to the “Europe in Crisis – Think Differently” report, providing updates on the humanitarian needs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response in the region. The report was produced in cooperation with the Centre for Policy Studies at the Central European University in Budapest and it presents evidence of the Red Cross and Red Crescent actions and patterns in cooperation with stakeholders in the areas of migration, volunteering and social action.