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Middle East

In early 2011, revolutionary protests reverberated across Arab countries in the Middle East, where huge crowds of ordinary citizens took to the streets demanding economic opportunities, social justice and political change. These mass protests led to a vastly different regional landscape with increasing humanitarian needs and expanded development opportunities. Catholic Relief Services, which has been working in the Middle East for more than 50 years, will continue to focus on programs that alleviate suffering and promote integral human development, while responding to collective calls for a heightened focus on human rights and democratic participation illuminated by the protests. The result of the historic political changes in the region will present new opportunities and challenges to bring about positive change in this part of the world, and CRS will be there for the long-term.

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Stories From North Africa and the Middle East

2009: A Year in Photos

2009 may well be remembered by CRS supporters and beneficiaries as a year of blessings in the face of a global financial crisis.Read More »»

A New Chapter for Refugee Students in Egypt

Sudanese and Iraqi families that fled war face a new challenge in Egypt: paying for education. Tuition vouchers keep their children in school.Read More »»

After Trauma, Iraqi Refugees Look for Healing

Iraqi refugees who have suffered kidnappings, beatings and worse discover ways to share stories, find support—and start to rebuild their lives.Read More »»

Battling AIDS' Stigma in Egypt

A compassionate doctor reaches out to people rejected by society.Read More »»

Refugee Mom Seeks Reunion With Son

Shelter offers rare security for an Iraqi refugee who fled to Lebanon and lost a son to kidnappers.Read More »»

Iraqi Refugees Flee Stress, Fear

Leaving home brought new perils until refugees found haven with CRS and Caritas in Lebanon.Read More »»

A Clean Start for Egypt's Villages

By improving sanitation, CRS projects help people in Egypt live healthier, happier lives.Read More »»

More Aid Set for Weary Gazans

After initial distributions of emergency aid for more than 5,000 Gazans, CRS is ready to call on youth groups to help with cleanup and repairs.Read More »»

Raising Healthy Babies in Egypt

Egyptian women from rural villages are learning to prevent disease and take good care of their infants. The result is lowered child mortality.Read More »»

2009: A Year in Photos

2009 may well be remembered by CRS supporters and beneficiaries as a year of blessings in the face of a global financial crisis.Read More »»

A New Chapter for Refugee Students in Egypt

Sudanese and Iraqi families that fled war face a new challenge in Egypt: paying for education. Tuition vouchers keep their children in school.Read More »»

After Trauma, Iraqi Refugees Look for Healing

Iraqi refugees who have suffered kidnappings, beatings and worse discover ways to share stories, find support—and start to rebuild their lives.Read More »»

Battling AIDS' Stigma in Egypt

A compassionate doctor reaches out to people rejected by society.Read More »»

Refugee Mom Seeks Reunion With Son

Shelter offers rare security for an Iraqi refugee who fled to Lebanon and lost a son to kidnappers.Read More »»

Iraqi Refugees Flee Stress, Fear

Leaving home brought new perils until refugees found haven with CRS and Caritas in Lebanon.Read More »»

A Clean Start for Egypt's Villages

By improving sanitation, CRS projects help people in Egypt live healthier, happier lives.Read More »»

More Aid Set for Weary Gazans

After initial distributions of emergency aid for more than 5,000 Gazans, CRS is ready to call on youth groups to help with cleanup and repairs.Read More »»

Raising Healthy Babies in Egypt

Egyptian women from rural villages are learning to prevent disease and take good care of their infants. The result is lowered child mortality.Read More »»

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