By Gurvinder Singh, IFRC
“I crossed nine countries to reach here,” said 17-year-old Salman from Afghanistan. Salman is one of hundreds of boys who have arrived in Croatia on their own from countries like Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Now Croatian Red Cross is taking care of him.
As for most children travelling alone, Salman’s journey into Europe was difficult, distressing and almost deadly.
Summary of the Emergency Appeal Plan of Action
Summary of the appeal
Summary of the appeal
The aim of this Operations Update n° 2 is to report on the progress of the implementation of the Croatian Red Cross`s activities from 22 June to 31 July 2016.
Since September 2015: when the migratory trail moved to Croatia, a total of 656,830 refugees and migrants have been registered by the Croatian authorities as entering the country.
2 October 2015: 361,559 Swiss francs were released from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to meet the immediate needs of 70,700 individuals through the provision of food and nonfood items, hygiene kits and tracing services (Restoring Family Links – RFL).
A. Situation analysis
Description of the situation
This operations update no.1 provides an updated situation in the country and how the Croatian Red Cross teams have adapted their response to meet the changing migration situation. This update also reports the latest Croatian Red Cross progress of the Emergency Plan of Action. Additional funding is needed in order to support the Croatian Red Cross to conduct the response activities within this Emergency Plan of Action.
Summary of Situation
This Emergency Appeal seeks 2,601,799 Swiss francs to support the Croatian Red Cross (CRC) to respond to the needs of 175,000 vulnerable migrants over the coming six months. The CRC’s operation will focus on the distribution of food and non-food items (NFIs); the distribution of hygiene items and provision of psychosocial support; protection activities, including screening and referral; restoring family links (RFL) and National Society capacity building.
European Economic and Social Committee
Mission Report – Croatia, 12-13 January 2016
Summary of major revisions made to the emergency plan of action:
By John Engedal Nissen, IFRC
Ahmad Beshar’s epic journey from his war-torn home has already taken months. On arrival at the Slavonski Brod transit camp in Croatia, the former Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) medical volunteer was able to have a much-needed clean-up, a quick rest and something to eat.“I finally took a shower and now I’m waiting for the train [to Slovenia],” said Beshar.
Refugee and migrant flows in Europe are at an unprecedented high – so far this year, almost 793,000 people have arrived by sea. Some 158,000 of them are children.
The month of October has seen an increasing number of families with children and babies, unaccompanied children and children with disabilities.
Between 19 and 31 October, more than 12,440 children have rested and played in UNICEF child-friendly spaces in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia.
Description of the disaster
By Arturo Valoria, IFRC
Between 16-25 September, 55,000 people entered Croatia. Travelling from Serbia, heading north towards Slovenia and Hungary, most are fleeing insecurity in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Many travel without their belongings, in need of shelter, food and water.
At border crossings, railway stations and temporary admission centers, 450 Red Cross volunteers are supporting vulnerable people on the move.
Zagreb / Genève, 22 septembre 2015 – L’UNICEF a mis en place deux unités mobiles d’experts en protection et bien-être de l’enfant en Croatie, alors que plus de 10 000 femmes et enfants réfugiés et migrants sont arrivés dans le pays la semaine dernière.
Les unités mobiles offrent des activités récréatives aux enfants, en complément des espaces amis des enfants dans lesquels ils peuvent se reposer, jouer et recevoir une première aide psychologique.
ZAGREB, Croatia/GENEVA, 22 September 2015 – UNICEF has established two mobile units of child protection and welfare experts in Croatia, as an estimated 10,000 women and child refugees and migrants have entered the country in the past week alone.
The mobile units offer creative and recreational activities for children, in addition to fixed child-friendly spaces where children can rest, play and benefit from psychological first aid.
In mid-May, heavy rainfall led to severe flooding across north-eastern Croatia, as well as parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the three countries. Over just three days, parts of Croatia received what is normally three months of rainfall. Rivers quickly rose to torrential levels, within 24 hours as much as 3.5 meters in some places. In Croatia, an estimated 15,000 people were evacuated. Throughout the sixty days since the onset of this disaster, Croatian Red Cross teams have been working to help those in greatest need.
On May 13 torrential rains hit Southeastern Europe triggering flash floods and landslides. The large amount of rainfall that has fallen in eastern Croatian and large part of the central and north Bosnia and Herzegovina caused a sudden rise in water level of rivers, groundwaters and backwaters, exceeding the maximum ever recorded water levels in several cities. In three days the area recorded rainfall equal to three month quantities. In some area water levels rose by 3.5 meters over a period of just 24 hours.