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 18, 2018
Grace Note: Iraq Music Store Reopens
CRS project helps seasoned business owners start over following devastating conflict.
December 18, 2018
Building Back Business in Iraq
Investing in entrepreneurs helps recharge local economies disrupted by conflict.
December 10, 2018
Iraq Family Returns After ISIS Occupation
When you walk into the Shabo home in Bashiqa, a town in the Nineveh Plains of Iraq, you will see fresh paint on the walls, new fixtures in the bathroom and recent electrical work throughout the house. Along with the...
November 29, 2018
Emergency E-Voucher Assistance in Gaza
CRS’ e-voucher card allows people in Gaza to purchase food, hygiene and living supplies in times of crisis.