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
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.
November 20, 2017
Advent Meditation: The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
These reflections for Advent on each of the Joyful Mysteries include a story of refugees today in the Middle East, where the Holy Family was from.
September 27, 2017
St. Francis of Assisi and CRS: Celebrating Animals Around the World
At Catholic Relief Services, we are blessed every day to experience the beauty of God’s creatures. In honor of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day on October 4, we are delighted to share some of our best photography of...
June 26, 2017
CRS Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Travel Ban
CRS weighs on Supreme Courts decision to stay on lower courts' ruling on travel ban.