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
February 4, 2016
CRS Applauds Administration for Continued Support of Syrian Refugees
The Obama administration pledges $600 million in additional funds for Syrian refugees.
January 21, 2016
An appeal to end the suffering in Syria
CRS joins more than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies in a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis.
January 20, 2016
Oil Price Plunge Affecting Displaced in Iraq as Winter Bears Down
The worldwide plunge in oil prices is reducing support for the millions of displaced in Iraq whose needs are only growing.
January 11, 2016
Responding to the Refugee Crisis
These resources can help communities of faith pray, learn, act and give to support refugees in need.