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
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.
August 11, 2016
From National Catholic Reporter: When the soul sees desperate need, it does not turn away
Bishop Kicanas weighs in on the refugee crisis.
August 11, 2016
Pathway to Prosperity
The Pathway to Prosperity illustrates CRS Agriculture and Livelihoods program for serving smallholder farmers as they move toward resilient self-sufficiency.
August 10, 2016
First-Ever Refugee Team Joins Summer Olympics
This small team competes on behalf of the world’s 65 million refugees.