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Middle East Crisis

The situation:
Instability in several Middle Eastern countries has caused humanitarian crises throughout the region:

  • In Syria, the ongoing civil war has pushed millions of people into poverty and caused rampant inflation. Over 11 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and many have fled to neighboring countries.
  • In Iraq, the conflict with ISIL has internally displaced more than 1.4 million Iraqis, many of whom live in refugee camps. In addition, 253,000 Syrian refugees have settled in Iraq.
  • Jordan hosts refugees from many countries, the largest group being over 660,000 Syrian refugees. Eighty-six percent of these refugees live below the poverty line.
  • Lebanon is three years into an economic crisis, its recession only worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, an influx of Syrian refugees, the Beirut port explosion and political turmoil.

Needs throughout these countries include food and nonfood items, water facilities, livelihood opportunities, and health and psychosocial support. In addition to the existing crises in these countries, COVID-19 has exacerbated the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable populations.

Our response:
Lutheran Disaster Response is supporting ACT Alliance appeals for Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Implementing partners — such as the Lutheran World Federation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and the Middle East Council of Churches with its Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees — will provide humanitarian support for people affected by the ongoing conflicts. The responses will develop the resilience of refugees, returnees, internally displaced people, and host communities through the improvement of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, vocational training, cash assistance and education opportunities.

What you can do:
Please pray for people who have been affected by Middle East crises. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need.

Your gifts designated for “Middle East Crisis” will be used entirely (100%) to provide long-lasting support for those whose lives have been impacted by crises in the Middle East.

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