LCWR

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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Iraqi Refugees

Iraqi Refugees
Iraqi Refugees

At the invitation of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a delegation of US women religious, accompanied by two lay CRS staff, traveled to Lebanon and Syria from January 11-20 to witness the suffering of Iraqi people who have fled the violence of their country and to raise awareness of their situation with their constituencies upon their return. Marie Lucey, OSF, LCWR associate director for social mission, and other current and former LCWR members were part of the delegation.

The purpose of the visit was to experience the reality of the Iraqi refugees in Lebanon and Syria, to increase understanding of the factors impacting their lives, and to become aware of the work of CRS and partners in the region in order to educate and advocate through the delegates’ respective constituencies and networks in ways that will advance justice and peace for Iraqi people who have fled the violence in Iraq.

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