The Middle East

Our Middle East programs address the immediate and long terms needs of people forced from their homes and the communities that welcome them. We work in refugee camps, urban centers and remote, hard-to-reach areas, bringing our integrated approach to health, clean water and sanitation, education and economic opportunity. 

We partner with vulnerable populations to feed and clothe families, get children back in school and attend to the psychological impact of conflict and disruption. Our goal is to create a framework for dignity and well-being, and to foster a sense of normalcy as well as hope for the future. That’s the RI Way. 

Learn more about our work in the Middle East below.

Programs in The Middle East

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Iraq is a country in turmoil, reeling from more than a decade of violence and instability. The ragged, constantly shifting conflict among tribal militias, state security forces and other militants has forced more than 3.2 million Iraqis from their homes. Violence in neighboring Syria has added...
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Jordan’s political stability and its location at the crossroads of the Middle East have long made it a haven for refugees. In recent decades, Jordan has sheltered Palestinian refugees and waves of people from Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia and other troubled lands. Relief International...
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Of all the countries in the world, Lebanon has been one of the hardest hit by the crisis in neighboring Syria. Refugees now make up one-quarter of the country’s population, giving the nation of roughly 5 million people the planet’s highest per capita concentration of refugees. Lebanon has no...
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Syria’s bloody six-year civil war has created more than 4.6 million refugees. Inside Syria, another 7.6 million people have been forced from their homes. That’s 12.2 million people — doctors, teachers, mothers, fathers, and many, many children — participating in the largest involuntary migration...
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Relief International began working in Turkey in 2013, providing health and medical services across the border in Syria. But as the Syrian crisis has expanded, so has our mission. Today, Turkey hosts more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees, putting a tremendous burden on the country’s economy and...
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Yemen — one of the world’s oldest centers of civilization — is also the poorest country in the Middle East. Facing chronic malnutrition and severe water shortages, Yemen’s challenges are compounded by a cycle of violence and political factors that have pushed it to the brink of collapse. Heavy...