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 19, 2019
7 Things You May Not Know About Human Trafficking, And 3 Ways To Help
Learn the facts about human trafficking: how it is caused, where it happens, and how you can help stop human trafficking by supporting CRS.
July 9, 2019
Education for Refugees in Egypt
A CRS program helps teen refugees gain study and life skills while they complete their schooling.
June 25, 2019
Rebuilding Schools and Futures in Iraq
CRS renovated a school destroyed by militants who drove off residents and disrupted lives.
June 25, 2019
Empowering Syrian Women Refugees
Livelihoods grants and training help refugees build businesses.