Red Cross says millions of Europeans are living lives of "quiet desperation"Listen /
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the IFRC, warned on Wednesday that millions of people in Europe are living lives of "quiet desperation."
It says millions have been affected by unemployment, rising poverty, homelessness and general uncertainty about their futures in the 27 European Union countries and many more in the rest of Europe and across Central Asia.
Anita Underlin, Director of Europe Zone at the IFRC, says when the crisis started in 2008, no one expected it would last this long.
And of course for people in Europe, it's a new situation. We have been used to that development is going in one direction and that is going up. For the first time ever, we see a situation where you have countries where half of the young people are neither in education nor in work.
At the same time, she says, the spirit of humanity is growing.
In countries with a culture of giving, people with resources have been very open to giving.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.