Syria

Providing Lifesaving Support for Syrian Refugees

Syria is at the center of the world's most devastating humanitarian emergency. Once a vibrant hub of Middle Eastern culture and history, Syria has been besieged by internal conflict that has uprooted millions of innocent families. Of those, 4.1 million Syrians have fled across the border into Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. More than 75% of Syrian refugees are women and children.

Translators Help Refugees Navigate Strange Lands

As the chief translator for Catholic Relief Services in Serbia, Kemal El Shairy, 28, is on the frontlines of our humanitarian response to the European refugee crisis.

A Ph.D. student in international relations at the University of Belgrade, El Shairy’s days are now spent trying to help people at the heavily trafficked border crossings better understand their legal circumstances and potential next steps.

Syrian Refugees Test Debit Card Aid

For many Americans, debit cards have almost replaced money for everyday purchases.

Now they might do that for thousands of Syrian refugees and Jordanians impacted by the refugee influx.

Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Jordan are providing about 1,800 people with rental assistance through prepaid debit cards in a pilot project to streamline assistance and give new freedom to those who use them.

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