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Jarkko Mikkonen

Today, once again, on World Refugee Day, the UN refugee agency UNHCR reports the number of people trying to reach the shores of Europe and those drowned at sea during the journey. Images of drowned refugees catch the interest of people every once in a while, but the fate of these people is ignored more often than not.

Joonas Brandt / Finnish Red Cross

If a passenger ferry ran aground today, all help would be needed. One of the most important tasks of the volunteers of the Finnish Red Cross is to support the evacuees mentally in case of major disasters.

The young volunteers of the Finnish Red Cross have set up the Minecraft server Spärrä to serve as a new type of friend visitor activity.

Emilia Kangasluoma / Suomen Punainen Risti

The hospital treats a hundred refugees from Myanmar daily. The field hospital has been operating for an exceptionally long time.

Kenyan Red Cross

The Finnish Red Cross is sending two mobile clinics and two aid workers to assist the Kenya Red Cross Society as the flood situation escalates. A large part of Kenya has suffered from exceptionally heavy rains and floods on the Tana River.

Jarkko Mikkonen / Finnish Red Cross

Kristiina Kumpula, the Secretary General of the Finnish Red Cross, received the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe. Kumpula's selection is based on her exemplary work in promoting international solidarity and cross-cultural co-operation.

Harri Mäenpää

The children's joy is contagious as they cheer on their idol: "Kaisa is tougher!" On the final day of the Kontiolahti Biathlon World Cup event, enthusiastic little skiers from the Kitee reception centre are waving Finnish flags among the thousands of spectators.

Marilene Jokinen and Emma Turunen / Finnish Red Cross

Three immigrants share their stories. How can people who have moved to Finland from different cultures help each other integrate into Finnish society?

Maria Santto / Finnish Red Cross

The Syrian conflict has been raging on for seven years, and it shows no sign of abating. However, people living in Syria are not losing their humanity.

Sana Tarabishi / ICRC

In Syria, millions of people are in need of help due to the violence that has continued for nearly seven years. The International Red Cross is appealing to all the parties in this conflict to protect civilians.

Mari Vehkalahti / Finnish Red Cross

A friend survey conducted by the Red Cross shows that volunteer friends help people trust themselves, others and society more. Volunteer friend visitor activity can effectively prevent loneliness and social exclusion.

Altti Näsi / Finnish Red Cross

Toini Niskonen has been working as a volunteer in Lempäälä for several years. She first met Maija-Liisa while taking out the bins, as Maija-Liisa lives in the building next to Toini’s block of flats.

Juha Hankkila / Finnish Red Cross

Large-scale power outages in the beginning of January demonstrated the strength of the Red Cross volunteers’ aid in Kainuu. The situation was worst in Suomussalmi and Hyrynsalmi.

Noora Kero

The multicultural day centre in Helsinki is visited by a dozen or so undocumented people every day. Inside, visitors can drink a cup of coffee or tea, enjoy a bowl of warm soup and chat with the day centre’s staff or volunteers. Advice and help is at hand for difficult situations.

Suvi-Tuuli Kankaanpää / Suomen Punainen Risti

Ali Ihsan became a Finnish Red Cross volunteer when he was still living at the reception centre. Helping has become an important part of his life.

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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.

Leena Koskela / Suomen Punainen Risti

Syrjintä on samalla sekä arkipäiväinen että vaiettu osa nuorten elämää. Nuorten turvatalojen ammattitaito nojautuu rauhallisen kuuntelemisen taitoon: kykyyn pysähtyä kaikessa rauhassa paitsi puheen, myös hiljaisuuden äärelle, kirjoittaa turvatalotoiminnan johtaja Leena Suurpää.

Johanna Sjöholm

Ensimmäinen Nuorten turvatalo avattiin Helsingin Pakilassa 1990. Ensipäivinä apua hakivat niin nuorisokodista karannut nuori kuin kadulle lapsensa kanssa joutunut isäkin.

Pietari Hatanpää / Suomen Punainen Risti

Kun Eero Rämöllä oli synttärit ja valmistujaiset, hän toivoi lahjojen sijaan läheisiltään rahaa Nuorten turvatalolle. Punaisen Ristin uudessa palvelussa kuka tahansa voi perustaa keräyksen tärkeäksi kokemalleen kohteelle.

Jussi Partanen / Finnish Red Cross

The window blinds have been lowered. No one needs to know whether someone is home in the flat. The two-room flat in Pori houses a varying number of men whose application for asylum was rejected.

The World AIDS Day animation “The Rise and Fall of Angry Aids” details how the treatment and prevention of HIV has progressed from the point of view of an angry AIDS character.

Jussi Vierimaa / Finnish Red Cross

The number of asylum seekers has decreased significantly. As reception centres are being closed, the Finnish Red Cross is focusing on developing the quality of the services provided, which has also lead to significant financial savings. An example of this is moving from canteens to independent meals.

Jussi Vierimaa / Finnish Red Cross

Next year the Finnish Red Cross will distribute 60,000 kilograms of food in Finland as EU aid. In addition to the aid from the EU, the Rauma branch also distributes leftover school meals and unsold products from grocery stores to those in need.

Kaisa Rautiainen / Suomen Punainen Risti

The Finnish Red Cross opened a new Kontti Second Hand Department Store in Itäkeskus, in Helsinki, on 4 August. Even though the weather was rainy, the opening attracted a large crowd of Helsinki citizens.

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.

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Tatu Blomqvist

Consecutive pregnancies take a toll on women’s health while men have trouble feeding their families. Health awareness spread by the Red Cross helps families prepare for health risks in the poor villages of North-Kenya.

Maija Tammi

A group of four men in protective suits meet the ambulance full of patients, arriving to the Red Cross Ebola treatement centre in Kenema from Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The journey takes several hours and many of the patients are in bad condition by the time they arrive.

Maija Tammi

Justine Boyle wanted to be a doctor, but social work pulled her in. And then came Ebola.

Gwen Eamer, Canadian Red Cross / IFRC

Nawaf was three years into a challenging five-year bachelor’s degree in computer and information engineering in Damascus when the ongoing Syrian conflict forced him to put his dreams on pause.

Red Cross

The Red Cross participates in the Red Nose Day campaign raising funds to help the children living in the poorest conditions in the world. With the donated funds, the Red Cross can help in Bolivia, a country that is liable to disasters, and in impoverished Burundi.

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.

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