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Refugee children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq 2 on March 28, 2015.

Facing uncertain future, Iraqi refugees sacrifice for education

May 5, 2015

Less than a mile away from the local coffee shops, fancy restaurants, and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, the capital... Read more

Refugee children at a refugee camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

Fighting ISIS with a school – Iraqi bishop says education is needed for change

Apr 21, 2015

Bishop Bashar Matti Warda is the bishop of Erbil, Iraq, one of the dioceses most attacked by ISIS, and where... Read more

Ankawa in Erbil Province.

Ankawa bomb attack strikes unease in refugees with nowhere else to go

Apr 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

A car bomb explosion in front of the American consulate in what is considered the safest city in Iraq has... Read more

Shelan Jibrael (far right) stands with a group of refugees in Erbil, Iraq.

One Christian woman's quest to care for the forgotten Yazidis in Iraq

Apr 6, 2015

Shelan Jibrael’s office is located in the Iraqi city of Erbil, where tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians displaced by... Read more

A young Syrian child raises her arms in a gesture of surrender.

The 'surrender' of a Syrian girl gives face to the plight of refugee children

Apr 4, 2015

By Elise Harris

A photo that went viral last week depicting a young Syrian child “surrendering” in front of a camera she thought... Read more

 A young child at the Sharia Refugee Camp in Dohuk, Iraq.

Pope's delegation offers comfort, communion to Iraqi refugees

Mar 28, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion... Read more

Reem Alhaswani at a Caritas Internationalis / Voices of Faith press conference.

Economic progress for Syria's women proves a silver lining amid war

Mar 11, 2015

By Ann Schneible

The destruction of Syria’s ongoing war has unearthed an unexpected jewel in the refugee camps of Lebanon: the chance for... Read more

Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River, entering Iraq on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250

Feb 26, 2015

By Elise Harris

The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and... Read more

Migrants at Lampedusa, who flee such situations as the instability in Libya and war and terror in Iraq and Syria.

Political instability, war, and terrorism know no borders – Vatican official

Feb 4, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the Vatican's Secretary of State addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean on Monday regarding the shared challenge of... Read more

Maan George Hanna, an Iraqi Christian refugee at a church shelter in Jordan.

Iraqi Christians say there's no going home after rise of Islamic State

Jan 7, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Christians lived in Iraq for nearly two thousand years, but the violent rise of the Islamic State has convinced many... Read more

Imad Ibraheem Daood with his wife Sajida and their four children, in a refugee center in Amman.

In refugee limbo, Iraqi Christians keep the faith

Dec 29, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Threatened by forced conversion or death at the hands of the Islamic State, many Iraqi Christians have had to flee... Read more

The hands of a Syrian refugee woman.

Debt, illness, discrimination – Syrian refugees struggle in Lebanon

Dec 17, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

After losing their homes and their livelihoods, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are now finding their plight worsened by the financial... Read more

A young Syrian refugee at school in Ramtha, Jordan on Oct. 27, 2014.

Catastrophe ahead? UN halts Syrian refugee food program

Dec 3, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

With winter approaching, Congress must act to help Syrian refugees whose basic needs are threatened by the U.N. suspension of... Read more

Young refugees in Istanbul wait for Pope Francis to visit on Nov. 30 2014.

God never forgets his children, Pope Francis tells young refugees

Nov 30, 2014

By Ann Schneible

“Dear young people, do not be discouraged.” Pope Francis made this appeal during an encounter with young refugees in Istanbul,... Read more

Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

Nov 20, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence,... Read more

Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.

Food, blankets and hope – nuns risk lives to serve Syrian refugees

Nov 12, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Near the Lebanon-Syria border, two religious sisters are among the staff members at a refugee service center working to give... Read more

A refugee mother with her child, who is having stomach problems and other issues because of the heat.

Displaced Christians in Kurdistan – 'Their tears have run dry'

Oct 30, 2014

Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose... Read more

 A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees

Oct 18, 2014

Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages... Read more

Fr. Ghazwan Yousif Baho speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 4, 2014.

Priest returning to Iraq: ISIS threatens the whole world

Oct 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

An Iraqi priest who has chosen to return to his city, which lies just six miles from ISIS-controlled territory, said... Read more

Displaced persons in the Central African Republic received aid from CRS in May 2014.

Violence subsides in Central African capital, but what next?

Oct 14, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Violence has subsided in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui after a week of conflict, but the lack of... Read more