Middle East

This is a country of sensitivity with an additional content vetting and distribution protocol at this time. All photos from this country must be vetted per the protocol. To do so, send the photo(s)  you wish to use with captions as you suggest they appear to the Representative(s), Europe and the Middle East Area Director and U.S. Director of Communications. This process is very important. Thanks for your collaboration in this effort.

	 
 
	This is a country of sensitivity with an additional content vetting and distribution protocol at this time. All photos from this country must be vetted per the protocol. To do so, send the photo(s)  you wish to use with captions as you suggest they appear to the Representative(s), Europe and the Middle East Area Director and U.S. Director of Communications. This process is very important. Thanks for your collaboration in this effort.

	 

	 
 
	
		
			
				MCC partner Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD) kindergarten graduation ceremony in Beirut, Lebanon. This Global Family program provides three levels of kindergarten for 4, 5 and 6-year-old refugees from Syria and Palestine, and provides staff training in peace education. (PARD Photo)
		
	


	 

By Katherine Crosby The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing last Thursday entitled, “The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Its Impact on the Security of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.” The hearing comes in the wake of attacks in Beirut and Paris, but also in the same week that more…

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This is a country of sensitivity with an additional content vetting and distribution protocol at this time. All photos from this country must be vetted per the protocol. To do so, send the photo(s)  you wish to use with captions as you suggest they appear to the Representative(s), Europe and the Middle East Area Director and U.S. Director of Communications. This process is very important. Thanks for your collaboration in this effort.

	 

	 
 House of Hope and Light is a education and social activities center for 120 refugee girls affected by the Syrian crisis. The center is located in Nabaa, a very poor neighborhood in the Beirut suburbs, where many Syrian and Iraqi refugees have settled. MCC supports this ministry of the Greek Orthodox Church, including its education programs for girls.

Following the attacks in Paris, the rhetoric in the United States has shifted dramatically from a focus on the humanitarian crisis in Syria to portraying Syrian refugees as a security threat. Lost in this discussion is the fact that refugees are already more thoroughly vetted than anyone else entering the United States. This thorough screening…

Read more Extend hospitality to strangers

This is a country of sensitivity with an additional content vetting and distribution protocol at this time. All photos from this country must be vetted per the protocol. To do so, send the photo(s)  you wish to use with captions as you suggest they appear to the Representative(s), Europe and the Middle East Area Director and U.S. Director of Communications. This process is very important. Thanks for your collaboration in this effort.

	 
 
	This is a country of sensitivity with an additional content vetting and distribution protocol at this time. All photos from this country must be vetted per the protocol. To do so, send the photo(s)  you wish to use with captions as you suggest they appear to the Representative(s), Europe and the Middle East Area Director and U.S. Director of Communications. This process is very important. Thanks for your collaboration in this effort.

	 

	 
 
	
		
			
				MCC partner Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD) kindergarten graduation ceremony in Beirut, Lebanon. This Global Family program provides three levels of kindergarten for 4, 5 and 6-year-old refugees from Syria and Palestine, and provides staff training in peace education. (PARD Photo)
		
	


	 

By Katherine Crosby As civil war in Syria continues, the accompanying humanitarian crisis continues to grow. More than half of Syria’s population has either left the country to seek safety or remains displaced within Syrian borders. Those who attempt the journey abroad face transportation controlled by a $26 billion smuggling industry, spending large sums of…

Read more Responding to the Syria crisis

View from a blown-out window in Munir Ibrahim al-Masri's home in Beit Hanoun, north Gaza. The home sustained significant damage during the recent Israel-Hamas conflict. MCC, through partner Al Najd Development Forum, provided emergency bedding supplies to al-Masri's family and other displaced households in east and north Gaza in late July 2014
                             .MCC staff and staff from partner Al Najd Development Forum met with families in east and north Gaza who received emergency assistance during the Israel-Hamas conflict in July and August 2014. MCC partnered with Al Najd and Canadian Foodgrains Bank to provide blankets, mattresses and food parcels to displaced Gazans. (MCC Photo/Alain Epp Weaver)

By Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach Mostafa is 7 years old and lives in Gaza. Last summer a missile from an F16 came through a window and damaged his home. Mostafa and other children tell their stories in a brief video put together by the Culture and Free Thought Association, an organization that provides creative programs for…

Read more 7 years old, three wars