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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.

Aapo Huhta

In Somaliland, the Red Crescent clinic workers know that the drought reduces malaria but increases eye infections and the risk of epidemics.

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.

Emil Helotie

The drought has destroyed entire crops in parts of Swaziland. A cash donation helps people get through the worst times.

Two massive earthquakes struck Nepal a year ago. Almost 9,000 people died and nearly a million buildings were destroyed. Over five million people suffered from the consequences of the earthquake. The Red Cross has been there since the start of the disaster.

Aapo Huhta

Water distributed by the Red Crescent saves lives in drought-stricken Somaliland.

Maria Santto

More than half the patients at Red Cross clinic are children.

Niklas Meltio

Co-operation commenced a year ago between the Red Cross and Land Rover is producing results in the poorest country of Central Asia

Caroline Haga

Tens of thousands of refugees and immigrants are stuck in Greece. The Finnish Red Cross will send a specialist to support the international aid operation.

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.

Jose Cendon

The Red Cross appeals to everyone to help Ethiopians. A severe drought means that millions of people in Ethiopia and in sub-Saharan Africa have no food.

Ibrahim Malla

At the moment, the efficient way to get help to those in need in Syria is via the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The local volunteers do significant aid work in live-threatening conditions. They assist the Syrian people every day by delivering food, medicine and blankets.

Pawel Krzysiek / ICRC

The trucks, carrying food, medical supplies, blankets, and other aid supplies arrived in the towns of Madaya, Foa’a, and Kefraya on Monday, 11 January.

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Petteri Kivimäki

The Finnish Red Cross conducted an election survey for the leaders of the parliamentary parties in January. The leaders were grilled about their stances on supporting family caregivers and receiving quota refugees, for example.

Leena Koskela

In the international first aid group, language is not a barrier for learning important skills. The goal of the multicultural group is to get to offer aid in different events next autumn.

Tatu Blomqvist

The men’s group, organised for asylum seekers, discusses sports, cultures, and gets to know the Finnish way of life in the process.

Jarkko Mikkonen

The media and the organisations must prove their reliability every day. This is forced by the increased flood of information and propaganda, as well as the increasingly difficult aid work. This is how Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, summarised the reality in the seminar organised on 25 February in Helsinki.

Mikko Kuivalainen

The Board of the Finnish Red Cross has chosen a new Director of Communications to succeed the retiring Hannu-Pekka Laiho.

Hanna Linnakko

A total of EUR 1 405 026 has been donated to the Good Holiday Spirit campaign. The annual campaign by the Finnish Red Cross and the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare was held for the 18th time. This year, a total of 18,000 vouchers, each worth EUR 70, were distributed to low-income families with children in Finland.

Harri Mäenpää

Illness does not diminish the Christmas spirit in Parikkala. The Good Holiday Spirit voucher brought joy to Allan and his children.

Maiju Torvinen

The Good Holiday Spirit campaign helps less fortunate families to forget their everyday troubles for a moment, at least for the holidays. Inka Poikela can still remember what receiving a food voucher felt like.

Eeva-Kristiina Hemanus

According to the school health survey of 2009, every tenth Finnish youth feels lonely and more and more young people do not have a single friend. The funds raised during the Common Responsibility for Youth (Yhteisvastuu nuoresta) project, ending at the end of the year, were directed at preventing the increasing loneliness of young people during the last three years.

Jarkko Mikkonen

Culture must be taken into account more carefully in preventing disasters and in rebuilding, says the new World Disasters Report published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Altti Näsi

The Hunger Day street collection ended up raising some 1,350,000 euros. The Hunger Day collection was arranged around Finland from 18 to 20 September.

Aapo Huhta

The Finnish Red Cross needs you all to pitch in and help with the Hunger Day Collection from 18–20 September 2014. Everyone is welcome to take part in this year’s Hunger Day campaign. No previous Red Cross experience is required. Collectors and donors are needed all over Finland.

Mikko Vähäniitty

Registration has begun! What will your team do for Hunger Day?

Teemu Ullgrén

The Finnish Red Cross commissioned a survey about the joys and concerns of people living in Finland. More than half of those who responded are worried about the growing gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’.

Otto-Ville Väätäinen

The new chairman of the Finnish Red Cross is Ambassador Pertti Torstila, former Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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Mirva Helenius

Micaelle Macabinquili, a young Filipino mother, gives a gentle push to her baby girl, babbling happily in a swing. Rainne Micaelle was the first baby born at the Finnish Red Cross health clinic in Balangiga in November, after Typhoon Haiyan.

Panu Saaristo

Two aid workers from the Finnish Red Cross are involved in an operation to halt the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Healthcare adviser Tiina Saarikoski is working in Liberia, while nurse Leena Railimo-Saares is stationed in Guinea. The operation aims to get the Ebola virus under control.

Mstyslav Chernov, Ukrainen Punainen Risti, IFRC

In March 2014, the Foreign Ministry granted the Finnish Red Cross €500,000 towards their aid operation in Ukraine.

Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

Nearly half the population of Syria, some nine million people, are in urgent need of aid.

Ibrahim Malla / IFRC

In the three years since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the situation has developed into a humanitarian disaster of appalling dimensions.

Alejandro Britos

The Finnish Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund has donated EUR 25,000 to help people badly affected by the flooding in western Argentina.

Dmitry Vassilyev / Ukrainan Punainen Risti

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned about spiralling violence in Ukraine, and about the lack of respect for medical and humanitarian work and for those carrying it out.

Rami Syed

The Finnish Red Cross helps Filipinos who lost their livelihood to typhoon Haiyan and helps them to buy building supplies. The clinic that was sent from Finland is already run by local healthcare professionals.

Jarkko Mikkonen

‘I recognised the value of the work done by the Red Cross after the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, so I decided to join as a volunteer,’ says general medical practitioner, Doctor Luo Xian Xin.

The Chinese Red Cross has just over two million volunteers. That’s as many people as live in all of Latvia. Volunteers are vitally important to the Red Cross, particularly in disaster relief and first-aid training.

Jarkko Mikkonen

‘My guess is that all the pupils were outside within a minute,’ says Chinese 12-year-old Minhui Chen.

Her school in the town of Chongba in southwest China has just completed an evacuation drill supported by the Red Cross.

Jarkko Mikkonen

‘My crops used to rot away under flood waters or fail to flourish when there was a drought. Now, any excess water is drained away from the fields into a channel, which then provides water for irrigation during periods of drought,’ Chinese farmer Tian Ruxiong rejoices over the help provided by the Red Cross.

Jarkko Mikkonen

'I would like to work less, but it’s just not possible. If I did, my family would not have enough to live on,' says Wei Xiuxue, a 70-year-old Chinese farmer.
He lives in southwest China in Guizhou province, one of the poorest regions in the country where an EU-financed Red Cross programme is improving the conditions of remote rural communities.

Jarkko Mikkonen

Over recent years Wen Xian Liang of China has learnt what to do if a natural disaster strikes.She regularly takes part in preparedness exercises arranged by the Red Cross together with the local authorities.

Maija Tammi

The Red Cross health center received its first patients early Friday morning.

Jarkko Mikkonen / Red Cross

This week will see the building of a healthcare clinic in Balangiga on the Philippine island of Samar, one of the areas worst hit by typhoon Haiyan.

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