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Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way

  • Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way
    In October, Tiny Osna was the youngest inhabitant at the transit camp in Macedonia, situated by the border with Greece. Born just ten days prior, Red Cross volunteer doctor Bojana Vrevezoska checked on her regularly to make sure that she remains healthy.
  • Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way
    On the northern part of the Greek island of Lesbos, Red Cross team leader Vasilis Hantzopoulos and the other members of his search and rescue team wade into the water to help the boat safely ashore.
  • Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way
    A Syrian family smiles as they enter Macedonia in August. There will still be a long journey ahead for them, but every step takes them closer to their goal—to find safety, security, and happiness.
  • Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way
    People fleeing conflict are often separated from their family members along the way. The Red Cross leverages its worldwide network to help reconnect loves ones. Here, posters hang in a temporary admission center in Opatovac, Croatia.
  • Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way
    Volunteers and staff of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent unload relief items in Al Waer, a suburb of Homs. Red Crescent is the main organization covering the last mile of relief to tens of thousands of people in Syria.
  • Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way
    Children on the move receive items to keep them warm, hydrated, healthy, and well fed. Charlotte Hyest / IFRC / Belgian Red Cross
  • Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way
    Dari, 27, and Bruno, 23, distributed food packages to grateful migrants on the border of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Red Cross volunteers were hard at work providing food, water, hygiene articles, and blankets
  • Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way
    Half of the world’s refugees are children. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, Syria is the world's biggest producer of both internally displaced people and refugees Charlotte Hyest/IFRC/Belgian Red Cross.
  • Migrants Seeking Safety Find Red Cross Aid along the Way
    A woman and her daughter receive medicine from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in East Kesweh. First aid teams, medical doctors, water and sanitation teams, media team, psychological support and relief team were deployed to help 660 people in need.
Red Crescent is the main organization covering the last mile of relief to tens of thousands of people in Syria.

Today, December 18, is International Migrants Day.

Now, more than ever, the world’s attention is turning to the plight of migrants. And here’s why: worldwide displacement is at the highest level ever recorded. In fact, according to United Nations Refugee Agency, one in every 122 humans is a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. These families are fleeing war, conflict, and persecution. In search of safety, they’ve left their homes with hope for the future. Hope of a better life for their children.

As the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross are banding together to serve tens of thousands of migrants, refugees, and internally-displaced people. Staff and volunteers tend to people on the move all around the world—this includes providing lifesaving support to people within Syria and along migratory routes in countries of origin, transit and arrival. Above, a slideshow of Red Cross Red Crescent activities throughout Syria and Europe.

Over the past four years, the American Red Cross has spent and committed more than $2.5 million on relief efforts in Syria and its neighboring countries affected by conflict such as Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. As the crisis continues, the American Red Cross is providing information management and mapping support to the global operation to ensure that Red Cross and Red Crescent chapters are not responding independently of each other, but rather, have greater situational awareness of the broader crisis. This allows for informed decision-making at a global level and is essential for an emergency of this scale, which can overwhelm local Red Cross and Red Crescent branches. The American Red Cross has deployed eight disaster specialists to Europe and has provided 10,000 cots to help families in Germany.

See more about American Red Cross’s work connecting loved ones at our Restoring Family Links page. For more information about the global Red Cross network’s response to the migration crisis in Europe, see redcross.org/migrationcrisis.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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