Amerisa Kyriazis (C‘21) graduated from Georgetown College in 2021, with majors in government and French and a minor in religion, ethics, and world affairs. Amerisa participated in the Berkley Center's Junior Year Abroad Network, sharing her experiences of studying abroad in France during fall 2019.
In Lebanon, faith-based organizations (FBOs) continue to function as the top providers of relief aid to Syrian refugee communities throughout the decade-long crisis. Mirroring the diverse religious makeup of Lebanon itself, FBOs in Lebanon represent a broad array of religious traditions. Using the International Red Cross’s guidance on how relief aid should fulfill humanitarian aims, this paper seeks to address several questions: Should FBOs act as the primary responders to the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon? In relation to two representative case studies, International Orthodox Christian Charities and Islamic Relief Worldwide, how can FBOs ensure that aid is universal, impartial, and compliant with the humanitarian imperative all while maintaining their religious characters?
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Ferris, Elizabeth. “Faith-Based and Secular Humanitarian Organizations.” International Review of the Red Cross 87, no. 858 (June 2005): 311–325.
Kirmani, Nida, Ajaz A. Khan, and Victoria Palmer. “Does Faith Matter: An Examination of Islamic Relief’s Work with Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.” Refugee Survey Quarterly 27, no. 2 (January 2008): 41–50.
Kraft, Kathryn, and Jonathan D. Smith. “Between International Donors and Local Faith Communities: Intermediaries in Humanitarian Assistance to Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.” Disasters 43, no. 1 (January 2019): 24–45.
Mcleigh, Jill, "Does Faith Matter? A Comparison of Faith-Based and Secular International Nongovernmental Organizations Engaged in Humanitarian Assistance." Ph.D. dissertation, Clemson University, 2011.