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
August 6, 2020
CRS and Caritas Respond to the Explosion in Lebanon
Aftermath of explosion will likely make economic crisis, food insecurity worse
April 20, 2020
Coronavirus Could Be Last-Straw Disaster for Millions Facing Hunger Around the World
COVID-19 pushing millions, already battling crises, to the brink of food crisis
January 24, 2020
Improved Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Gaza
Like the more than 24,000 families in Gaza who are living in severely deteriorated shelters, the family were living in a house made of metal sheeting and sleeping in one room without locks. They had to use an outdoor...
January 24, 2020
Enhanced Safety and Privacy for Women and Girls in Gaza
“I felt embarrassed about people visiting my house. Now, our home is safer and more private [and] we receive guests without shame.” –Samr Al-Bashiti Secure windows and proper fittings and fixtures mean the Al-Bashiti...