MIDDLE EAST

Syria and Lebanon

Syria is a country in Western Asia that lies at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Lebanon and Israel on the west, Turkey on the north, Iraq on the east, and Jordan on the south. Coastal Syria is a narrow plain, in back of which is a range of coastal mountains, and still farther inland a steppe area. In the east is the Syrian Desert and in the south is the Jebel Druze Range. The highest point in Syria is Mount Hermon on the Lebanese border.

COUNTRY FACTS:
  • Capital: Damascus (Syria), Baghdad (Iraq) and Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Population: 59,600,000
  • Language: Arabic, French
  • Syria has some of the world’s most beautiful railway stations and is a popular destination for Shia pilgrims from Iran.

Our History in the Middle East

In 2013, FH began working in Syria and the larger Middle East region to help victims of war stay home or close to their families, therefore avoiding the need to flee to dangerous and sometimes hostile lands. FH has staff on the ground and is working to bring resources, international expertise, standards and experience to the refugee crisis. FH’s primary partner, the Middle East Revive and Thrive (MERATH), works through local churches across Lebanon, Syria and Iraq to meet vital needs of vulnerable families with monthly food aid, winterizations, water and education.

Key Challenges

Syria: 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including 4.5 million people located in hard to reach areas | Iraq: 3.2 million internally displaced, and 8.6 million in critical need of humanitarian assistance; 400,000 refugees in the region | Over 1 million Syrian refugees are registered in Lebanon
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