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
May 15, 2019
Tuition for Refugees in Egypt
CRS provides grants to help refugees earn college degrees.
May 8, 2019
Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Continues to Grow After Weekend of Deadly Violence
CRS calls for US funding for crisis in Gaza to be reinstated while ceasefire holds
April 26, 2019
Responding to the Refugee Crisis
World Refugee Day is June 20. Prepare with these resources that can help communities of faith pray, learn, act and give to support refugees in need.
April 16, 2019
Catholic Relief Services Issues Statement in Support of Senate Resolution 171, Calling for a Restoration of Funds in the West Bank and Gaza
CRS and 17 other organizations support the Senate’s call for distribution of funds to West Bank