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British Red Cross launches urgent appeal for Europe refugee crisis

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3 September 2015

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The British Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal as the refugee crisis in Europe continues to escalate.

Hundreds of thousands of people are in desperate need of emergency relief.

Historic numbers

The number of people forced to flee violence and conflict today is the highest since World War Two.

Many people are dying on these dangerous journeys to safety in Europe – and those that do make it here are experiencing immense suffering.

Humanitarian disaster

Countries across the continent are struggling to provide basic support for those arriving. Organisations such as the Red Cross are on the frontline of this emergency.

Head of emergencies for the Red Cross, Ben Webster, said: “We are in the midst of one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of our time. 

"Millions of people are being forced to risk their lives in a desperate search for safety as conflicts rage around the world.” 

Urgent need of help

Red Cross volunteers across Europe are working around the clock to support hundreds of thousands of refugees as they attempt to reach safety.

From Turkey to Hungary, Greece to the UK – the Red Cross is striving to support people who flee war and persecution.

Webster said: “People are arriving in Europe with very little – some only a family photo and the clothes they left in.

“We urgently need supplies such as food, water, nappies and hygiene kits, as well as emergency medical treatment.

“Your support can make a huge difference.”

Donate now to the Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal


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