Irish Red Cross Appeal Archive

Life as Paediatrician to Refugees

Ritsona, Greece - A member of the Red Cross in Ritsona refugee camp on the 17th of October 2016. Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kurds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC

Ritsona, Greece - A member of the Red Cross in Ritsona refugee camp on the 17th of October 2016. Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kurds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC

We recently met Belen, a Paediatrician working in Red Cross healthcare unit in Ritsona camp, close to Athens. Belen recently graduated and has always wanted to help in an international humanitarian role.     Can you tell us a little about how long have you been here and what you do?   I’m the Paediatrician. […]

How would you pass the time in a Refugee Camp?

Ritsona, Greece - Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kourds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC

Ritsona, Greece - Ritsona refugee camp is located near Chalkida, approximately one hour north of Athens and is housing around 600 refugees, mainly Syrians and Kourds. Socrates Baltagiannis/ IFRC

Uncertain of what lies ahead, teenagers and young people in refugee camps around the world are looking for positive and constructive ways to use their time. Over the last number of months, our team have met refugees and migrants who are volunteering, setting up sport teams and learning new skills.

A letter from Mohammad, Kordelio camp near Thessaloniki, Greece

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I went to the Greece with a smuggler. It was a very difficult journey by sea, very hazardous you know. I arrived just before the border closed so I have been here nine months, but I am hoping to go to Sweden one day. I work as a volunteer for the Red Cross in the camps. This is very important because most people don’t speak English. They need me to translate what they think and what they need.

If it was just some oranges…

Across the road from the reception centre, Viennese locals put welcome messages and smiley faces for the refugees.

Across the road from the reception centre, Viennese locals put welcome messages and smiley faces for the refugees.

On a recent work trip to Vienna, I visited a Red Cross centre hosting refugees. As an Irish Red Cross staff working closely with our colleagues in mainland Europe, I wanted to better understand the vastness of the migration operation the Red Cross has in countries like Austria, or Germany, or other countries where migrants […]

Being pregnant during the long journey to safety

Greece. Kos. 24/10/15.
Wafa 20 years old, from Iraq is pregnant for 9 months. She just received from the Hellenic Red Cross a baby kit and a feminine kit before going to the hospital.

Greece. Kos. 24/10/15. Wafa 20 years old, from Iraq is pregnant for 9 months. She just received from the Hellenic Red Cross a baby kit and a feminine kit before going to the hospital.

Sarah and Rama are two women with one thing in common. These young ladies are either pregnant or they have given birth while on the move. How do they cope with the arduous journey? While they are waiting to be registered on the island of Kos, Sarah and Rama share their stories.

Donations needed for Irish Red Cross Migration Crisis Appeal

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When you donate to the Irish Red Cross Migration Crisis appeal, your donations buy items that are essential for survival.   These include: food, water, blankets, tents, hygiene kits, and first aid and health care supplies.   These are supplied to vulnerable and desperate people who are victims of the Mediteranean migration crisis and the […]

How does one send a window or a roof… or a mountainside?

digging in rubble after the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015

By John Roche, Head of International Department at Irish Red Cross

Earthquakes bring to mind the ground shaking beneath one’s feet; the earth cracking and homes being damaged and destroyed. But in Sindupaulchowk,the destruction caused by last week’s earthquake in Nepal was of a different order; homes were simply swept from the earth, including the ground…

Five Reasons To Donate To Nepal Earthquake Appeal

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1.  The main need is for people to donate to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. A disaster management plan has been in place for some time and the immediate need for supplies can be sourced locally so the main need is for money to buy supplies.   2.  The Kathmandu Valley – home to an estimated […]

Mamdou’s return: Red Cross volunteer beats Ebola

Mamadou Noumou Diallo, 42, centre, with his family and friends at his coffee bar in southeast Guinea. The Red Cross volunteer survived Ebola and vows to keep up the fight against the deadly virus. Photo: A. Kapete, IFRC

Mamadou Noumou Diallo, 42, centre, with his family and friends at his coffee bar in southeast Guinea. The Red Cross volunteer survived Ebola and vows to keep up the fight against the deadly virus. Photo: A. Kapete, IFRC

In a remote village in southeast Guinea, a mother and her children are reunited with the husband and father they once feared they had lost to the Ebola virus disease.

Talking to the Bereaved – A Vital Step To Stop Ebola

Irish Red Cross staff in Liberia + west Africa + Ebola

Melvin, one of the Safe and Dignified Burials team members, told me that his wife worries a lot and the risks of his job and that she prays every day for him to come home safely. He acknowledges her fears but believes that the risks are manageable and it’s a job that must be done.

“It’s about keeping people safe and healthy in my country. If we didn’t do this, more people would get sick. I feel a responsibility to do it.”