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
January 17, 2017
This Lent CRS Rice Bowl Opens Path to a Culture of Encounter
CRS Rice Bowl opens the Lenten season with Pope Francis' message on the culture of encounter.
December 21, 2016
The Faces of CRS 2016
Our talented photographers around the world often uncover the unguarded moments of life. They see the subtle changes where our faces can reveal the situation at hand, where a glance can hint at where we’ve been and the...
December 21, 2016
A Year of Climate Change with CRS
In 2016, we brought you stories from all over the world of people struggling with the effects of climate change.
December 14, 2016
Catholic Relief Services Supports Pope Francis’ Appeal to End Violence in Aleppo; Syria
CRS calls on all sides of this conflict to safeguard lives and ensure humanitarian access.