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Syria
Commission Commune de Bienfaisance – Caritas Syria

Since March 2011 Syria has been beset by a brutal civil war, the greatest humanitarian crisis Caritas is working on today.

Almost 7 million people in Syria need assistance, and 4 million people fleeing the conflict have been internally displaced. More than 1.7 million people are refugees in neighbouring countries. The number of victims of this fratricidal war is over 100,000, but the figures do not reflect the true cost of the war.
In Syria, Caritas is operating in six regions: Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, the coastal region, Djézireh and Horan. The main aim of the mission is to offer food aid and rental assistance, as the war has deprived most Syrians of all sources of income. Another vital aspect of the Caritas mission is provision of medical support and distribution of non-food aid, such as blankets, clothing and other items as required.

In Damascus, Caritas Syria has several centres that look after displaced Syrians (and Iraqi refugees who are still present). It also distributes food parcels and provides medical treatment and preventive healthcare. In Aleppo, several centres have been spontaneously created or set up thanks to the initiative of a person or a local community. Small groups of volunteers look after schools and provide assistance and care. In Homs, despite the violent conflict, Caritas Syria is still managing to work via local Christian communities (Catholic and Orthodox) and serve people in need.

Caritas Syria works with religious communities, such as the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Caritas also cooperates with Shia and Sunni humanitarian organisations in order to reach the maximum number of people in need.

Caritas Syria partners within the Caritas network include: Caritas Germany, Caritas Austria, Caritas Belgium, Caritas England and Wales (CAFOD), Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Spain, Caritas Italiana, Caritas Luxembourg, Secours Catholique (Caritas France), Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Internationalis. Caritas Syria partners outside the Caritas network include: AED, Barnabas Fund.

Caritas Updates from Syria

  • Giving hope to the Middle East

Giving hope to the Middle East

  • 17 September 2014
Caritas Internationalis conference 15-17 September in Rome on Middle East commits to working more on advocacy, peacebuilding and community resilence.
  • Cardinal Rodriguez: Middle East is greatest crisis

Cardinal Rodriguez: Middle East is greatest crisis

  • 15 September 2014
Caritas Internationalis president on how the crises in Gaza, Syria, Iraq and the persecution of Christian and other minorities in the Middle East are the greatest emergency the world has faced since the end of the Second World War.

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Postal Address Commission Commune de Bienfaisance
Rue Murched Khater, Imm. Mar Mansour
Damascus, Syria
Telephone +963 11 443 63 60