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 Jordan: huge strain on medical services

By |13 November 2013|

Cartas Jordan uses the Italian Hospital and four others across the country, together with five migration centres, to provide direct humanitarian aid such as food, cloths, blankets, stoves and fuel.

Syrian refugee crisis: Call to action

By |8 November 2013|

They flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs - many traumatised by the horrific violence they have seen and experienced. Now they are homeless, often grieving for the loss of their previous peaceful lives...
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    Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon: violence against women

Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon: violence against women

By |7 November 2013|

“Sexual violence and abuse of women is a major problem but it is not in our culture to talk about it. We have heard some terrible stories from the Zatari camp,” said one aid worker I spoke to in Jordan.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon: people behind the numbers

By |6 November 2013|

Around 9.3 million of Syria's 23 million inhabitants need aid. The number of people who have lost their homes or been forced to flee has now reached 6.5 million in Syria and over 2 million in neighbouring countries.

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.

“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

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.

Trafficked from Sri Lanka to Jordan as a maid

By |27 August 2013|

Some Sri Lankan people here like my baby. I have been offered 500 Jordanian dinars for her.

A spark of hope for Syrian mothers in Jordan

By |13 August 2013|

By Dana Shahin, Caritas Jordan

Hanan Yousef Abdel-Razaq lost her home and a four-year old daughter during an attack on Dara’a in Syria in January. She fled to Jordan with her two remaining children, sons aged five and three.

Hanan is one of the over half a million Syrian refugees now living in Jordan because it’s too dangerous to remain in Syria where a bloody civil war is raging into its third year. The refugees come with nothing, and need food, shelter, education and healthcare.

One in eight Syrian refugees in Jordan are women or children.

“I heard about Caritas first from my sister,” said Hanan. “When I came here to register, they asked me about my family and I said I had two children. They immediately offered me services for me and for my children.”

Caritas Jordan has register 130,000 Syrian refugees to receive its aid. They will receive food vouchers, help with accommodation, […]

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.

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 […]

Syria through the eyes of its children

By |8 May 2013|

Four million people have had their lives shattered by the war in Syria, half of them are children. For the millions of children still inside the country, everyday is a struggle.

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