Country: Turkey

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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Shaping the future of the world’s largest humanitarian movement

Antalya, Turkey, 11 November 2017 – A major conference has adopted a series of measures that will shape the efforts of the world’s largest humanitarian movement to respond to the needs of people affected by crises. The global meetings of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement looked at pressing emergencies and challenges, while also exploring emerging trends that will have a profound impact on the future of humanitarian action. The global meetings were held in Turkey – a country surrounded by some of the world’s most urgent humanitarian crises, including the conflict in Syria and the ongoing emergency facing people trying to cross the Mediterranean. The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement called on States to guarantee the safety and dignity of all migrants, along with their unrestrained access to humanitarian assistance. “We are calling on States to ensure that all people – regardless of their nationality or legal status – are treated with dignity and respect,” said Francesco Rocca, who was elected President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) during the meetings. “As a Red Cross and Red Crescent, we must be ready to stand up and advocate for all vulnerable migrants, for all vulnerable people. We must be prepared – we are prepared – to work with the international community for the respect and dignity of all people.” While emphasizing...

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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.