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
September 15, 2016
Top U.S. Aid Organization Joins $1.2 Billion Pledge Ahead of Obama Refugee Summit
CRS is one of 31 international NGOs committing $1.2 billion to address global refugee crisis.
September 6, 2016
New Photo of Month from CRS - September
CRS releases photo of the month for September.
September 1, 2016
Syria Crisis: Assistance for Refugees
Catholic Relief Services and our Caritas partners in the region are reaching out to Syrian refugees and providing hope and assistance with education, counseling and care for children, housing, and livelihood support.
August 23, 2016
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
September 1 is recognized as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.