Getting Syria’s lost generation of children into school

By |27 January 2014|

Over three million Syrian children have dropped out of school since the crisis began. Caritas is working in Lebanon and Jordan with Syrian refugees, to help children get back to school.

Caritas says tragedy must end in Syria

By |21 January 2014|

Caritas says international conference on Syria must lead to an immediate ceasefire to end the violence and allow aid to reach people.

Syrian refugees face hard winter for third year

By |20 December 2013|

Syrian refugees face a hard winter for third year. Despite the crisis, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal has a Christmas message of hope for the Middle East.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon: a ray of light

By |5 November 2013|

There are currently 13 mobile clinics which travel to camps all over the country. One of the clinics has set up shop outside the Caritas centre in Taalabaya.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon: Born under bombs

By |4 November 2013|

Money being provided by Caritas agencies around the world is helping to provide food, clothing, blankets, temporary shelters, rent vouchers, trauma counselling and medical care.

A refugee remembers Syria

By |30 October 2013|

The nostalgia for what Syria was – and the effort to convey that longing to others – seems to be for so many refugees the last grip on a normal life, to keep themselves from losing their minds.

Peace talks only option to Syria crisis

By |25 September 2013|

Caritas Internationalis says that the ongoing civil war in Syria can only be resolved through inclusive peace talks.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon pray for peace

By |12 September 2013|

Following Pope Francis’s appeal for a world day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and the Middle East on the 7 September 2013, Caritas Lebanon celebrated mass with Syrian families sheltering in the Saint Gabriel monastery in Ajaltoun (Kesrouan).

“Is this really the world that I desire?”

By |9 September 2013|

Syria vigil and fast

By Michelle Hough, communications officer with Caritas Internationalis

The first time I ever heard of Damascus was in the story of the conversion of Saint Paul. It’s a story that speaks of the possibility of change and forgiveness; where dark hearts are flooded with light and those who persecute can go on to do good.

I was in St Peter’s Square on Saturday night along with around 100,000 people, leaders of other faiths, prelates, Caritas colleagues (thanks to Alfonso for saving me a seat!), Italian politicians and of course Pope Francis to pray for such a change of heart regarding Syria.

As dusk descended over Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said, “God’s world is a world where everyone feels responsible for the other, for the good of the other. This evening, in reflection, fasting and prayer, each of us deep down should ask ourselves: Is this really the […]

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Why I’ll be praying and fasting on Saturday for peace in Syria

By |5 September 2013|

In June, I visited Lebanon to see the work of Caritas with Syrian refugees. We went up to the Bekaa Valley, which runs along the border with Syria. It’s a wide, green valley, dotted with towns and farms. It’s a beautiful place, even now.

Syrian crisis: Our hardest task

By |5 July 2013|

Caritas Lebanon has helped around 90,000 Syrian refugees so far. But it is just part of the regional story. In Syria, Jordan and Turkey, Caritas is working to help those in terrible need.

Healthcare for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

By |4 July 2013|

By Patrick Nicholson

“There were bodies everywhere,” said Ali. “We had two choices if we wanted to live: Turkey or Lebanon. We came to Lebanon because I thought I would find work.”

Ali (49), Aaicha (34) and their five children came to Lebanon 18 months ago from Idlib in north-western Syria. The deciding factor was when the next door house was hit by a rocket, killing 18 people.

Life in Syria had gotten progressively worse for them since the start of the conflict in early 2011. There was no electricity or running water.  Inflation was rampant. What cost 15 Syrian pounds before the war, now cost 150 Syrian pounds.

“You had to stand in line for three hours just to buy bread,” said Ali. And then there were the bombs, rockets and air attacks.

When they first arrived in Lebanon, the family lived in a small tent. Now they rent a room in Mount […]

Give me shelter: Syrian refugees in Lebanon

By |3 July 2013|

By Patrick Nicholson

Since the start of the conflict in 2011 in Syria, over 1.7 million people have fled to neighbouring countries. Lebanon has received the largest number of refugees in the region. Although there are half a million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon, the true number is estimated to be beyond 1 million.

Every day, Caritas staff meets hundreds of new arrivals from Syria, each with their own account of the horrors they’ve seen. Sometimes it can be overwhelming.  “When I hear all their stories, it feels like my head will explode,” said Mireille, a Caritas social worker in Beirut.

Suitable accommodation has long since run out in the small country, and the refugees must find anywhere they can for shelter. Caritas Lebanon is providing aid and care to the Syrian refugees wherever they might be.

Khatar

Khatar (42) lives with her six children in a cowshed on a farm in the Bekaa […]

Caritas Lebanon celebrates its young volunteers

By |29 May 2013|

Cardinal Sandri invited young men and women to be “protagonists of history” and reminisced the night vigil that took place in Bkerkeh during Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI visit to Lebanon, saying: “The intensity of this prayer was like a beam of light directed towards the Middle Eastern sky, a sky that many wish to see full of dark clouds of violence and war.

Urgent call for action: protect Syrian people from more slaughter

By |23 May 2013|

Caritas has been responding to the needs of Syrians since the first days of the crisis in March 2011, supporting both those inside the country and refugees throughout the region. Caritas has helped more than 100,000 people in need, without discrimination.

However, this is only a temporary remedy. There cannot be an end to the suffering of the Syrian population as long as the fighting continues.

The situation today is desperate. It must stop. Caritas is deeply concerned about the rising number of victims, especially civilians who live in constant fear and in precarious conditions inside Syria. Neighbouring countries have generously kept their borders open, but the rising flow of refugees has brought them economically and socially to their limits.

“What will happen to us, to my family, to my children? Our houses and cities are bombed and all our lives are wounded. I never thought that I was going to look […]

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