CRS in Middle East & North Africa
The Middle East is a land holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, but it is also a violent land that yearns for a just peace. From northern Iraq to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon to the streets of Gaza, Catholic Relief Services assists people in recovering from life-threatening situations.
Conflicts across the Middle East have forced millions of people to flee to neighboring countries or to refuge within their own countries. Refugees and displaced families from Syria, Iraq and Gaza need shelter, food, water and medical care.
CRS and our Church partners are helping them meet their urgent needs: adequate and safe shelter, clean water, food, hygiene, medicine, education and care for their children. In addition, CRS is trying to provide stability and the opportunity to live in dignity.
CRS has been working in the Middle East for more than 50 years and will continue to focus on emergency response and long-term development work that alleviates suffering and promotes integral human development.
As you explore the countries in which CRS works, we hope you see the tremendous potential behind the programs, stories and especially the people we’re privileged to serve.
Country News and Stories
May 2, 2016
In Egypt, StartupBusinesses HelpSyrian RefugeesStart Over
With CRS’ help, Hanadi sells cosmetics and homemade perfume to a growing clientele in greater Cairo. “I feel like I can do anything, and that nothing is impossible,” she says. Photo by Nikki Gamer/CRS In Syria, Hanadi...
April 15, 2016
From EWTN: Could Pope Francis' Visit to Greece Be a Game-Changer for Refugees
Pope Francis' upcoming trip to Greece calls attention to refugee crisis.
April 11, 2016
10 Ways to Help the World on Earth Day
Make the world a greener and better place to live this Earth Day.
April 8, 2016
Refugee Crisis: The Beauty of Serving
A former corporate senior executive serves food to refugees in Athens, Greece, and finds a secret to “a better life for everybody.”