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 28, 2023
CRS Welcomes Temporary Pause in Fighting in Gaza but Renews Calls for End to Violence
CRS issued a statement on the temporary pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas.
November 22, 2023
Snapshot of Life in Gaza
Residents describe their lives and living conditions since the start of the conflict in the Holy Land.
November 8, 2023
One Month After Deadly Conflict Began in the Holy Land, CRS Calls for an Immediate End to Violence
"An immediate cessation of hostilities is urgent before more innocent civilians are killed."
November 1, 2023
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