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Caritas Czech Republic has helped in Syria since the spring 2012, when public collection began to help the victims of the civil war that occurred after the violent suppression of peaceful anti-government protests in March 2011. At that time, a wave of riots spread throughout the country.

Thanks to funds gathered by the public collection Caritas Czech Republic can continue to esure the supply of food and material assistance to residents in Damascus and in the north of the country, and also to refugees forced to leave the country. In addition to providing humanitarian aid to Syria, Caritas also focuses on Jordan, where large numbers of refugees have fled.

Information about humanitarian aid in 2015 (both in English and Czech) here.

Asma from Syria fulfills her childhood dream and opens her own café
June 20, 2022 News

Asma from Syria fulfills her childhood dream and opens her own café

Although Asma Bbakir lives in a country that has been torn by civil war for over 11 years, she has not given up on her childhood dreams. Thanks to an educational course from Caritas Czech Republic, the student of the College of Economics and Management has opened her own business - a small café that serves mainly as a quiet place for students or intellectuals to learn.

Stories of refugees who are getting back on their feet thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
June 8, 2022 News

Stories of refugees who are getting back on their feet thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

"Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of becoming a doctor. But my family could not afford the school," twenty-seven-year-old Sigiro, a refugee from Rwanda, tells us in a Zambian hospital. “Caritas Czech Republic helped me secure a scholarship and today I am a doctor," Sigiro continues happily. We support refugees like her to stand on their own two feet. Because often all it takes is a little support at the beginning for refugees to take their lives into their own hands Read the stories of the people we support.

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic helps people who had to flee their homes
June 7, 2022 News

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic helps people who had to flee their homes

The number of people who were forced to leave their homes has doubled in the last 10 years to 82.4 million refugees today. The most common reasons why people involuntarily leave their home country or region are protracted wars, political persecution and, more recently, problems related to climate change. Our assistance in 6 countries focuses not only on providing the basic necessities to live but also on sustainable solutions that give refugees a chance for a better future. 

War forced Eba from Syria to leave her home. Caritas helped her to start a business of her own
May 9, 2022 News

War forced Eba from Syria to leave her home. Caritas helped her to start a business of her own

Taftanaz is a small town in northwest Syria with only 15,000 habitants. The town has become one of the main targets of the Syrian civil war as it is close to the strategically important airport. Many of the town’s residents have paid the biggest price. As have nearly 50 members of Eba Ghazal’s family.

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.

I admire Syrians for their perseverance, says Kateřina Velíšková
March 18, 2022 News

I admire Syrians for their perseverance, says Kateřina Velíšková

We were deeply affected by the news that war had broken out in Ukraine at the end of February. But unfortunately, war is not only raging there - in Syria, but fighting has also been going on for over eleven years and the local population is exhausted by a large humanitarian crisis. Caritas Czech Republic has been helping in Syria almost from the very beginning. Together with Kateřina Velíšková, Caritas’ coordinator for the Middle East, let's take a look back at nearly a decade of our work in the region.

Hassan lost his entire family to the war in Syria. With our help, he has opened his own shop
March 15, 2022 News

Hassan lost his entire family to the war in Syria. With our help, he has opened his own shop

The civil war in Syria has taken almost everything from Hassan Al Khaled. The bombing of Idlib killed his entire family, and Hassan himself lost his left leg, so he can only get around with the help of crutches. Thanks to an educational course from Caritas Czech Republic, Hassan opened his own small electronics shop and found new hope in life.

Syria conference must invest in future for refugees
May 15, 2017 Syria

Syria conference must invest in future for refugees

Caritas agencies call on western countries to do more to help fleeing Syrians, as more than five million people have been forced to cross borders and register as refugees in neighbouring countries. They warn that a Brussels Conference on Syria this week must prioritise mobilising funds for longer-term development for Syrian refugees. Read more on caritas.org.

"All my memories about Raqqa are wonderful," said Rabba Lissa
April 20, 2017 Syria

"All my memories about Raqqa are wonderful," said Rabba Lissa

"Life in Raqqa used to be good We had sheep, some land, water. When the problems with ISIS started there, we left for Damascus. We managed to get out before they cut the roads. All my memories about Raqqa are wonderful. ISIS are not good. They stole our land, they killed people. By the time we’d left, there were no jobs left. People were very afraid. We sold our properties and left. Now the house and the farm land have been completely destroyed by the bombing," said Rabba Lissa (60). Read more HERE.

Abeer Al Hasan still believe in a future of Syria
April 4, 2017 Syria

Abeer Al Hasan still believe in a future of Syria

“We had to leave our home because of the fighting. My husband passed away seven months ago. He stepped on a landmine near his factory. When I got the call there had been an accident, I went straight away to the hospital. I didn’t see him as they’d already buried the body. I was in shock. I couldn’t stop crying," said Abeer Al Hasan, mother of two children. Read more HERE.