Elderly Syrian refugees are eating less so that younger members of the family can eat better meals. Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.


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Syrian Refugees

Photo: Nick Harrop, CAFOD

Civil war since March 2011 in Syria has displaced 7 million people, more than 2 million of them to neighbouring countries. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is partnering with Caritas Lebanon to help support some of the 1.2 million Syrian refugees living in a country with a population the size of New Zealand.

Elderly Syrian refugees are eating less so that younger members of the family can eat better meals. Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Support Syrian refugees in Lebanon


  • Phone 0800 22 10 22 to make a credit card donation (during office hours)
  • Phone 0900 4 11 11 to make an automatic $20 donation - a debit in the name of 'Caritas' will be added to your next telephone account. 

  • Post a cheque to Caritas Freepost 689, PO Box 12193, Thorndon, Wellington 6144.
  • Internet banking deposit to Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, account number: 03 0518 0211216 00

Thanks to your support and that of the New Zealand Aid Programme, we have remitted $305,000 through Caritas Lebanon. They are providing healthcare, food, fuel, counselling, blankets, clothes and shelter for refugees from all religious backgrounds, as well as support for host communities under stress. More is needed.

The President of Caritas Lebanon, Fr. Simon Faddoul, says their role is to stand by refugees. 'People don’t just need material aid, they also need affection. Our Caritas workers listen to their pain and that regenerates hope in them. ...I’m amazed by the resilience of the Syrian refugees. Their unrelenting human spirit gives hope back to us.'

Caritas Lebanon’s work represents part of a region-wide Caritas response supporting vulnerable people within Syria and in other neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has appealed for 'massive international support' to help neighbouring countries deal with the crisis.

Powerpoint presentation on Syria

A powerpoint presentation 'Syria Regional Crisis - September 2013' is available for download as a powerpoint (4.6MB) or PDF document (800kB).

Call for peace and dialogue

Pope Francis, Caritas workers and Church leaders in the region have called for peace and negotiations – not further arms and military intervention. ‘The only road to peace is dialogue. War will not take us anywhere,’ says the President of Caritas Syria and Chaldean Catholic Bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has also written with other agencies to our government.

Prayer resources for Syria are here

Questions and answers on Syria and what Caritas is doing

Other news

A heart warming story about Syrian refugee children taking a holiday.

Read stories of Syrian refugees arriving in Lebanon.

Sheltering refugees in Syria  - a New Zealander's insight

Forgotten Voices: An insight into older persons among refugees from Syria in Lebanon - Caritas Lebanon August 2013 report on the needs of this often forgotten population.

Syria crisis - our hardest task - Caritas' regionwide response

Interview with Caritas Syria President




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