Syrian Refugees Flee War to Face Water Crisis

Syrian Refugees Flee War to Face Water Crisis

SYRIAN REFUGEES FLEE WAR TO FACE WATER CRISIS September 4, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is working to protect the health and well-being of more than 4,300 vulnerable Syrian refugees with improved access to safe water at two informal settlements in Lebanon.  At El Rahmeh, a northern Lebanon settlement...

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IOCC Farm Project Reaps Food and Earning Power for West Bank Women

IOCC Farm Project Reaps Food and Earning Power for West Bank Women

August 3, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) Four years ago Samira’s husband was killed while farming his land in the West Bank, leaving her with seven children to support, little education and no source of income.  “I was very afraid after the death of my husband, because I was alone,” the 43-year-old...

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Syrian Refugees Surge into Serbia Seeking Asylum

Syrian Refugees Surge into Serbia Seeking Asylum

July 13, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) One thousand miles separate Syria and Serbia, but the desperation to flee their war-torn country is driving thousands of refugees from Syria, as well as some from Afghanistan and other countries to make the long and dangerous journey.  Their trek is a combination of boats,...

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IOCC Expands Relief to Greece’s Growing Poor

IOCC Expands Relief to Greece’s Growing Poor

July 6, 2015 (Baltimore, MD)— Greece’s rapidly declining economy has prompted the country’s banks to close their doors, leaving millions of stunned families and elderly without access to their savings, wages, and pensions. The uncertain future brought on by the country’s financial crisis is heightening the threat of hunger and...

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Assyrian Children Bear Scars of War, Face New Challeges in Exile

Assyrian Children Bear Scars of War, Face New Challeges in Exile

June 18, 2015 (Baltimore, MD)— Desperate to flee the onslaught of violence surrounding his village near Hasakah, Syria, Charbel remembers how frightened he was when his family barely escaped their home before they saw it destroyed by their attackers. The 14-year-old Assyrian boy left behind all of his possessions, friends,...

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Balkans Still Recovering One Year After Catastrophic Floods

Balkans Still Recovering One Year After Catastrophic Floods

May 19, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) — It’s been a difficult year since record rainfall drenched the Balkans last spring, unleashing the worst flooding in more than 100 years and leaving a trail of destruction across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than 70 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands of survivors...

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IOCC Calls For Prayer, Offers Aid To Baltimore

IOCC Calls For Prayer, Offers Aid To Baltimore

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is monitoring the emerging needs of the community following the outbreak of civil unrest and looting in Baltimore where it is headquartered. IOCC staff are in contact with community and faith leaders in the Baltimore area to offer assistance and support, especially...

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IOCC Assists Refugee Families Under Attack Near Damascus

IOCC Assists Refugee Families Under Attack Near Damascus

April 16, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) — Last week’s attacks on Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp just outside of Damascus, Syria, has left nearly 20,000 of its residents trapped with little access to food, water, electricity or outside aid. The UN has described the conditions there as “beyond inhumane” and is calling...

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IOCC Assists Syrian Families Escaping Bloodshed In Idlib

IOCC Assists Syrian Families Escaping Bloodshed In Idlib

April 1, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) — As the security and humanitarian situation in Idlib, Syria, continues to deteriorate following escalated fighting this past weekend, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), working in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), is providing emergency medical assistance, hygiene kits,...

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Exhausted Sudanese Refugees Struggle For Survival In New Land

Exhausted Sudanese Refugees Struggle For Survival In New Land

March 9, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) — Thousands of South Sudanese families who fled the violence and bloodshed from their country’s civil war now face new hardships as refugees in Ethiopia. More than 196,000 refugees, of which nearly two-thirds are children, have endured months of living out in open fields with little...

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IOCC Assists Syrian Christians Traumatized in Deadly Attack

IOCC Assists Syrian Christians Traumatized in Deadly Attack

February 26, 2015 (IOCC) — Fleeing for their lives, more than 2,400 exhausted and traumatized Christians from northeastern Syria sought refuge in the towns of Hasakah and Qamishli after their small communities were terrorized this week. The attackers targeted a stretch of villages along the southern bank of the Khabour...

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IOCC Expands Effort to Address Malnutrition in Greece with Aid to Agriculture Cooperatives

IOCC Expands Effort to Address Malnutrition in Greece with Aid to Agriculture Cooperatives

IOCC EXPANDS EFFORT TO ADDRESS MALNUTRITION IN GREECE WITH AID TO AGRICULTURE COOPERATIVES The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc. Announces Second $1 Million Challenge Grant February 10, 2015 (Baltimore, Md.) – With support from The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) today announced a new program to assist...

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