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.

8 million from church collection increase self-sufficiency for the needy in the Middle East
May 19, 2022 News

8 million from church collection increase self-sufficiency for the needy in the Middle East

Thanks to the 8 million Czech crowns raised in a church collection, Caritas Czech Republic can provide a source of livelihood for people in need in the Middle East. We have helped women start their own businesses, and provided local farmers with the knowledge and equipment to farm in the face of growing water scarcity. Young people can continue their education thanks to our support. This year's church collection to help Christians in need takes place this Sunday, 22nd May.

Layla lost her home and job because of the Syrian war. Caritas helped her fulfil her dreams
April 6, 2022 News

Layla lost her home and job because of the Syrian war. Caritas helped her fulfil her dreams

This year marks the eleventh anniversary of the conflict in Syria. The city of Kafr Nabl in the northwest region was turned into a ghost town during the civil war. The place, which was controlled by anti-government forces at the beginning of the war, was first bombed by the Russian air force and later got under the control of the Syrian army. Most civilians fled the area, including Layla Ibrahim Kadur, who left her home and job in ruins.

Rana opened the first private educational institute in the Al-Muhammedi Sub-District
January 30, 2022 CCR-Iraq

Rana opened the first private educational institute in the Al-Muhammedi Sub-District

Rana AbdulRazzaq is a mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Anbar Mechanical Engineering Department in 2012 in Anbar Governorate. Unfortunately, she had no luck getting employed. She was disappointed trying to find a job in the engineering sector. Nevertheless, Rana always loved her department. She liked solving mathematical problems and also always wanted to teach others. Thanks to the support of Caritas Czech Republic and the UNDP, Rana was able to open a small education centre where she gives private lessons and earns a living.

Azad and his siblings are now diligently working in their greenhouse
December 13, 2021 CCR-Iraq

Azad and his siblings are now diligently working in their greenhouse

Azad Kreik was born in Bashiqa and resides in a house with his wife, children, brothers, and mother with his family of roughly 17 people. They reside in an orchard they created after their property was burned down by ISIS. They cultivate olive trees in the orchard, and Bashiqa is known for its olive groves and pickles production.  In the open space between the trees, they also grow many veggies. His brother Ziyad, his children, and a few friends assist him in his farming endeavors. As a result, they also share their agricultural and crop-harvesting experiences.

Behind the scenes of Caritas Czech Republic: Shirman’s Internship Journey
September 13, 2021 CCR-Iraq

Behind the scenes of Caritas Czech Republic: Shirman’s Internship Journey

Our Logistics Assistant, Shirman Mohammed, is 25 year old. He is from the Syrian town of Qamishlo and began his Internship with Caritas Czech Republic in Iraq September 2020. He is currently enjoying his one-year anniversary. We spoke with him about his year with Caritas and how he became a Logistics Assistant.

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.