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.
For more than 50 years, CRS' humanitarian work in the Middle East has focused 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
December 15, 2017
Through the Lens of Our Photographers 2017
Welcome to “Through the Lens of Our Photographers,” a series of our best photos of the year accompanied by impressions by the photographers themselves.
December 1, 2017
Advent and Christmas Prayers from CRS
These prayers for the Advent and Christmas seasons give great thanks for the birth of the Lord, into our world, into our lives, in all the broken-ness and messiness that that implies.
November 29, 2017
New Opinion Poll Shows Americans in the Dark about Orphanages; Unwittingly Fueling ‘Orphan Industry’ with Grave Effects on Children
Accompanying Research Review Underlines the Damaging Effects of Orphanages.
November 22, 2017
CRS Calls for Open Borders in Yemen to Allow for Humanitarian Access
Blockade of borders around Yemen has exacerbated catastrophic humanitarian crisis.