Middle East

Middle East

In March 2012, Caritas Czech Republic announced the collection of humanitarian aid to refugees due to the conflict in Syria who have left their homes and sought help either in other cities in the country or in neighboring countries. Caritas CR is currently working with Caritas Jordan, Caritas Lebanon and local voluntary organizations in Damascus. The basic support is providing vouchers for food, clothing, shoes or providing support for housing.

Cardinal Tagle meets migrants workers in Lebanon (video)
March 31, 2016 Middle East

Cardinal Tagle meets migrants workers in Lebanon (video)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Caritas Internationalis President and Archbishop of Manila, went to Caritas projects for migrants during a visit to Lebanon on 28 February to 2 March. He went to safe houses, a detention centre, a school and celebrated Mass. See video here.

Plea from beseiged Aleppo
May 7, 2015 Middle East

Plea from beseiged Aleppo

Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, has lived through 3 years of war. Caritas staff sent us this report on the unfolding tragedy. People in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo are living under siege as mortar shells continue to fall daily, killing at random. Read more on caritas.org.

Four years of war in Syria have left Middle East in ruins
March 16, 2015 Middle East

Four years of war in Syria have left Middle East in ruins

Caritas aims to increase its work in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East in 2015 as the conflict in Syria enters into its fifth year with no solution in sight. The Caritas confederation of Catholic aid agencies operating in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey reached 1.2 million people in 2014 with aid through national Caritas and Church partners. Read more on caritas.org.

The Czech Republic must get more involved in resolving the crisis in the Middle East
March 11, 2015 Middle East

The Czech Republic must get more involved in resolving the crisis in the Middle East

The Czech Republic should be more involved in resolving the humanitarian crisis of exceptional dimensions in the Middle East region. More resources should be directed to Syria where it is possible to effectively help IDPs, and to help relieve giant waves of refugees fleeing into surrounding countries.

“We are always fasting” in Syria
March 9, 2015 Middle East

“We are always fasting” in Syria

By Bishop Antoine Audo, President of Caritas Syria Last year – 2014 – really was the hardest of all for those of all us who live in Aleppo. The level of destruction in the city reached its peak. Rockets were raining down on us, we often didn’t have electricity or water and the nights chilled us to the bone. Read more on caritas.org.

Aid to refugees from Syria by Czech Republic does not end...
January 24, 2015 Middle East

Aid to refugees from Syria by Czech Republic does not end...

...but neither does it start. In connection to the current question of accepting Syrian refugees we remind readers that Czech society engaged in aid at the very beggining of the conflict. This is clearly stated in the press release of Caritas Czech Republic, Diakonie ČCE and Člověk v tísni community.

Winter help for Iraqis fleeing persecution
January 6, 2015 Middle East

Winter help for Iraqis fleeing persecution

“It makes me sad that my baby was born in a tent and will live in a tent,” said Shereen Sabah. She was five months pregnant when she fled ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) extremists who overran the Sinjar area of northern Iraq in August. She is part of the Shabak community, one of the minorities targeted by the militants along with Yazidis, Christians and some Muslim sects. Read more on caritas.org.

Caritas conference on turmoil in Middle East
September 12, 2014 Middle East

Caritas conference on turmoil in Middle East

Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will open a High Level Caritas meeting 15-17 September in Rome for the crises in the Middle East, including Syria, Gaza and Iraq. Around 80 participants from the region and around the world are expected, including the Caritas leadership in the affected countries. Read more on caritas.org.