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
July 2, 2021
Support for Gaza Families
CRS cash assistance gave households options, allowing them to select what they needed most during the crisis.
March 4, 2021
CRS Welcomes Pope Francis on Historic Visit to Iraq
Christian and Muslim Iraqis call the visit a sign of respect and concern for a place and people weary from conflict and violence.
March 2, 2021
CRS Welcomes Pope Francis' Visit to Iraq as a Sign of Hope in a Time of Crisis
The pope is scheduled to visit Iraq March 5-8.
February 25, 2021
CRS Capacity Overview Disability Inclusion
People with disabilities account for 15 percent of the world’s population — over a billion people. Many face social, economic and cultural barriers that limit their access to full and effective participation in society.