Middle East & North Africa

Middle East: a testing ground for the spirit of reconciliation

Interview with Joseph Farah, President of Caritas MONA (Middle East and North Africa)  What are your expectations for next week’s synod? What main challenges in this region should it address?  Mr. Farah: The Middle East is a fragile region. People feel insecure and have to face situations of permanent belligerence, in particular due to the ...

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Middle East Synod a symbol of peace

Middle East Synod a symbol of peace

The first Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops will take place in Rome from 10 to 24 October. Caritas hopes the Synod can build bridges between faiths in a region wracked by conflict. Caritas will be represented at this event by representatives from the Middle East, sharing their practical experience ...

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Synod for Middle East can bring communities together

Synod for Middle East can bring communities together

Caritas says the upcoming Synod for the Middle East can help divided communities come together for the region’s poorest people. The Synod will take place in Rome from 10 to 24 October. It is the first synod dedicated specifically to the Middle East. Church leaders will discuss problems ranging from the Israeli-Palestinian stand-off and conflict ...

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No domestic bliss for migrants in Lebanon

No domestic bliss for migrants in Lebanon

Aneesa*, 23, arrived in Lebanon during the 2006 war with Israel. She left her home in the Philippines to become a domestic worker with a family. With battles being fought on the streets of Beirut, Aneesa was very afraid and wanted to go back home after just two weeks. It was too difficult to leave so ...

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Lebanon Migration Center

Lebanon Migration Center

Starting with a small team of three people in 1994, the Caritas Migration Centre today helps thousands of foreigners living in Lebanon. In spite of political and economic difficulties, Lebanon hosts many refugees in need of protection and better living conditions. Palestinians, Sudanese, and tens of thousands of Iraqis are now in the country.. Caritas ...

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Healthcare in Gaza’s war zone

Healthcare in Gaza’s war zone

“This is not a regular ambulance. It can save more lives because it contains an intensive care unit for patients in a critical condition,” said Jameel Khoury, Caritas Jerusalem Project Manager. The new ambulance has been provided by Caritas to Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. Home to 1.5 million Palestinians, Gaza is one of the ...

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Climate change and the risk of conflict in the Middle East

Climate change and the risk of conflict in the Middle East

Climate models predict that the five countries in the Eastern Mediterranean (Western Asia)– Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) – will face a hotter, drier and less predictable climate in the coming decades. Temperatures are expected to warm by 2.5 to 3.7oC in the region’s summer months; these higher temperatures will ...

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