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Vapaaehtoisen pelastuspalvelun uusi puheenjohtaja julkistettiin lauantain Vapepa-foorumissa.

Jarkko Mikkonen/FRC

In the autumn of 2015, tens of thousands of asylum seekers coming to Finland needed food and a roof on their heads quickly. Managing the exceptional situation required exceptional measures from the Red Cross as well as from other actors. What costs were incurred by the government-funded reception operation carried out by the Red Cross?

Iraq Red Crescent

A severe, 7.3 magnitude earthquake has caused widespread devastation in the border regions of Iran and Iraq.

Antti Mannermaa/Talouselämä

The autumn of 2015 was a challenging time for the Red Cross workers and volunteers in Finland. Emergency accommodations for asylum seekers had to be established at a few hours’ notice, and there could be as many as three reception units set up in one day. How does the Finnish Red Cross assess the past two years?

AJ Ghani / IFRC

The first Finnish Red Cross aid workers will be flying to Bangladesh tomorrow at the earliest. The Disaster Relief Fund has granted 500,000 euros to managing the refugee crisis.

Aino Salmi / Finnish Red Cross

The evacuation centre can be used in disaster situations in Finland or nearby areas. The centre was tested as part of a catastrophe exercise carried out on the Estonian island of Saaremaa on 14–15 September.

Benjamin Suomela / Finnish Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross is prepared to support the authorities at all times in rescue and aid operations around Finland, in the event of a disaster. This collaboration was put into practice recently in Vaasa, with a fictional passenger ferry accident involving over 100 casualties.

Ralf El Hage / ICRC

Yemen, suffering from conflict and drought, is in great need of help. The funds collected on Hunger Day help the victims of natural disasters, conflicts and sudden accidents in Finland and abroad. The Hunger Day box collection is held on 14–16 September.

Pietari Hatanpää / Suomen Punainen Risti

Vapaaehtoisille on turvataloilla monenlaisia tehtäviä. Voit esimerkiksi päivystää työntekijöidemme kanssa nuorten kriisimajoituksessa tai auttaa nuoria verkossa Sekasin-chatissa.

Mari Vehkalahti / Finnish Red Cross

The Red Cross’ Hunger Day collection has been launched in high spirits all around Finland. The box collection will go on until Saturday.

Jussi Vierimaa / Finnish Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross will carry out an exercise focusing on evacuation and rescue operations in the event of a marine disaster together with safety and rescue authorities on 14 September. At the same time, an emergency hospital evacuation exercise will be carried out in Saaremaa, Estonia.

Sirpa Lehtimäki / Finnish Red Cross

Since the knife attack that took place in Turku, the Red Cross emotional support volunteers have talked with around thousand people near Turku Market Square and in crisis services. Support is still available.

Sirpa Lehtimäki / Finnish Red Cross

Trained Red Cross volunteers offering psychosocial support continue to be available in the centre of Turku and the Market Square area.

Amnesty International

A total of 11,581 Finns and 41 organisations are petitioning the Finnish Government to raise its refugee quota. The petition was submitted to Minister of the Interior Paula Risikko on Wednesday, 16 August.

Jarkko Mikkonen / Finnish Red Cross

More than 58 000 people suffering from the drought received food thanks to cooperation between the Finnish Red Cross and the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross, financed by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid.

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Mirva Helenius / Finnish Red Cross

The Amiri family, from Afghanistan, fled war and death, but were separated on the way. With help from the Red Cross tracing, the father and the eldest son were able to contact each other, but the mother and the youngest child are still missing.

Stefan Bremer / Suomen Punainen Risti

The Finnish parliament will cast their final vote on the government’s motion on the stricter conditions of family reunification. A total of 17 non-governmental organisations are appealing to the MPs to abandon these cruel and short-sighted new conditions. The organisations include refugee organisations, human rights groups and children’s rights organisations.

Teemu Ullgrén / Suomen Punainen Risti

The start of the “Summer Rubber” sexual health campaign and the festival season were celebrated at the traditional YleXPop event in Lahti on Saturday. This year, the event also featured a sexual health kiosk that provides the opportunity to pass a condom skills test or to ask any sex-related questions.

Jarkko Mikkonen / Suomen Punainen Risti

The asylum seekers living in Vantaa wanted to help Finnish people in return, and so they signed up as volunteers for the Finnish Red Cross. This friend group, jointly formed by the local branches in Tikkurila, Western Vantaa and Korso, visits an assisted living facility every week.

Stefan Bremer

The office of Amnesty International in Finland, the Finnish Red Cross, the Finnish Refugee Council, the Finnish Refugee Advice Centre, Finn Church Aid, Save the Children Finland, the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters, and the Finnish Somali League have criticised measures which would make it more difficult to reunite families.

Hanna Linnakko

Many young people spend their Christmas alone, against their will. Every year, young people with nobody to spend the holidays with gather at the Red Cross Youth Shelter’s Christmas on-call service. For some, home might be too uncomfortable. At the Shelter, the young can spend their Christmas in a safe environment and discuss their worries with reliable adults.

Miikka Pirinen

Ban Ki-moon visited a reception centre maintained by the Finnish Red Cross and called the Finnish reception centre system a great example of efficiency.

Tomi Asikainen / Amnesty Finland

The volunteers were awarded for the volunteer work in aiding asylum seekers. Four Finnish Red Cross volunteers were there to receive the award.

Liisa Takala

On Restaurant Day, anyone can open a restaurant. The residents of the Punkalaidun reception centre opened a restaurant in Tampere.

Mirkka Helkkula

Finnish language skills are often emphasized as a key factor to adapt in Finland’s society as a foreigner. Jana, Juan and Dani share their struggle and success with the language and give tips to those still learning Finnish. They also send greetings to Finns: please be more open and supportive towards persons learning the language – it is neither simple nor impossible.

Miikka Pirinen

The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, who visited Finland in October, was impressed by how Finland cares for asylum seekers. He reminds everyone that humanitarian work needs more support during difficult times.

Petteri Kivimäki

The Hunger Day collection has already raised over 3.8 million euros this year The result is the best of all time. The funds are used to aid the victims of conflicts and disasters around the world and in Finland.

Leena Koskela

Over 20,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Finland in a short time. The Finnish Red Cross accommodates over 12,000 asylum seekers at the moment, and thousands of volunteers have helped them along.

Tatu Blomqvist

Hunger Day donations can be made until the end of October, which is why the final result will be certain only in November.

Jussi Vierimaa

How can you help the people living in the reception centres?

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Gwen Eamer, Canadian Red Cross / IFRC

Nine-year-old Amnah arrived at the Azraq Syrian refugee camp in eastern Jordan scared and in pain. She had already spent three months being bumped from house to house, community to community, before being shuttled across Syria’s southern border with Jordan in the hopes of reaching safety – and medical care.

Help is needed to stop the Ebola epidemic. The area has a shortage of care personnel and more manpower is needed for communications and safe burials.

Syrian photographer Ibrahim Malla has accompanied volunteers through the many years of conflict.

Aapo Huhta

Aid is urgently needed to contain and fight the life-threatening Ebola virus, particularly in west Africa which is suffering the worst ever outbreak.

Mirva Helenius

Typhoon Hayian destroyed and damaged hundreds of buildings in the little village of Aliputos in the Philippines. However, there were no human fatalities. Every family had been warned about the typhoon and the most vulnerable individuals were evacuated before the typhoon hit the village.

Outi Amanor

The situation is worsening for Ukraine’s internal refugees as the weather is getting colder. As a result, all the winter clothes available at the Finnish Red Cross logistics centre in Kalkku, Tampere were loaded onto trucks bound for Ukraine.

Aapo Huhta

The Ebola epidemic is showing no signs of slowing down. You can support the Red Cross’s aid efforts by making a contribution to the Hunger Day Collection, which will begin on Thursday, 18 September.

Indra Eckstein

The rainy season is on its way in the Philippines. A year ago, Typhoon Haiyan devastated 1.1 million homes and caused the deaths of more than 6,000 people. The damage caused by Haiyan is still being repaired.

Stacy Ragan / American Red Cross / IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross is launching a collection campaign to support the relief work of the International Red Cross Movement in the conflict-affected areas in Iraq. More than a million people have been forced to flee from their homes, and thousands have been wounded or killed in the conflict.

Katherine Mueller / IFRC

The International Red Cross is in the process of setting up an isolation clinic to fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The Finnish Red Cross is currently recruiting aid workers to work at the clinic.

IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross will contribute EUR 100,000 from its Disaster Relief Fund to the aid operation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

PRCS/IFRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) strongly condemns the shelling of the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza.

A video made by the Finnish Red Cross provides insight into the work of the Red Cross Society in Ukraine. The video was made at the request of the Ukraine Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Joe Cropp / IFRC

The increasing number of people fleeing their home in northern Iraq is adding greater pressure to already crowded shelters. The Red Crescent estimates that there are more than 400,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq, where the water resources, scarce before the latest crisis, are dwindling in the current heat wave.

IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross has received numerous questions about how best to help the afflicted people in both in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. At the moment, the most efficient way to get help to those in need is via the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The collected funds are used for emergency relief and acquisition of materials for people who have lost their homes.

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