Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:19:39 GMT Angola: 17 years later Fr Thomas H. Smolich SJ, International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), reflects on his trip to Angola where he visited JRS projects in Viana and Dundo. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Myanmar: Providing love and learning through education Myitkyina, 13 July 2018 <span class="StoryBody">–</span> Roi San, a 24-year old woman, is serving as a volunteer teacher at a Catholic school in the town of Myitkyina in Myanmar’s Kachin State. She began teaching in this school two years ago after graduating from a JRS-supported teacher training course. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: The challenges of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis Bogotá, 10 July 2018 – An estimated fifty thousand people cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia daily. As of December 2017, according to data from Colombia’s central immigration authority (Migración Colombia), over half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Colombia. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Cameroon: The leading women of Ketté Yaoundé, 6 July 2018 – I was given the wonderful opportunity to visit the refugee camps where JRS works in the Ketté region of eastern Cameroon. It was a trip amongst beautiful green jungles, through washed-out bridges, and over countless crevice-like ruts. Fri, 06 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Europe: Three years after the EU Migration Agenda – report launch Brussels, 3 July 2018 – In “Forgotten at the gates of Europe,” JRS Europe documents how migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees experience Europe’s external borders. Tue, 03 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Bangladesh: Psychosocial support for Rohingya children Cox’s Bazaar, 29 June 2018 – Joint JRS and Caritas staff particpated in a pyschosocial support workshop in preparation of the launch of six child friendly spaces (CFS) in Teknaf refugee camp, Bangladesh. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT USA: JRS Calls for Recognition of the Rights and Dignity of Children and Families Seeking Asylum Washington, 27 June 2018 – JRS/USA urges the U.S. Government to take necessary action to ensure that asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. are not criminally punished for trying to seek protection. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: Returning to childhood Beirut, 25 June 2018 – The sound of elated voices can be heard down the street. Joyful exclamations and laughs bounce between building and back alley. These are the sounds of children at recess: playing house or make-believe, spinning tops, and climbing on jungle-gyms. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Chad: To be a child again Goz Beïda, 22 June 2018 – More than half of school-aged refugee children in Chad are not enrolled in school.  Many of the more than 100,000 unenrolled children were born in refugee camps after their families fled conflict in their native Darfur. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT World Refugee Day: 4 Words to Open the World Rome, 20 June 2018 <span class="StoryBody">–</span> Pope Francis has urged the global community to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Wishes for a joyful ‘Id al-Fitr Rome, 15 June 2018 – On the occasion of ‘Id al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan, JRS joins our Muslim friends in thanking the Almighty for the blessings brought by this sacred time. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Call for applications for Education in Emergencies course Rome, 13 June 2018 – Applications are open for this year’s edition of the Education in Emergencies course, organised and co-hosted by the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University. This time the course will be held in Beirut from September 24-28. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Europe: Secondary movements - Necessary result of a flawed system Brussels, 11 June 2018 <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black">– </span>Ask any politician in Europe what a priority in the reform of the EU’s asylum system should be, and they will probably talk about preventing ‘secondary movements’. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Myanmar: Conflict on the rise in Kachin State Bangkok, 7 June 2018 – Since the beginning of this year, the conflict between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has intensified in many parts of Myanmar’s Kachin State. Thu, 07 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: Helping to Heal, Providing Hope Johannesburg, 4 June 2018 -  JRS in South Africa provides health care to infirmed refugees and asylum seekers, and the care they provide goes far beyond the healing of illness. Mon, 04 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Uganda: I want to stay in school (Part II) Adjumani, 31 May 2018 - A few years ago, there were no secondary schools for refugees in Pagirinya and, although Uganda’s progressive refugee regime allows refugee children to attend any school anywhere in the country, most refugee parents could not afford the tuition fees. Thu, 31 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT Uganda: I want to stay in school (Part I) Adjumani, 28 May 2018 – A group of about 60 mostly young men and a handful of girls are crowded in a makeshift classroom, their attention fixed to the front of the room. The classroom consists of a weather-beaten tarpaulin tent supported by thin wooden beams. Mon, 28 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: Open letter on the situation of the Yukpa people in Cúcuta Bogotá, 24 May 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is deeply concerned by the situation confronting the Yukpa indigenous community in the city of Cúcuta. The physical security and psychological well-being of the community has come under increasing pressure recently, as a result of direct threats made against them.  Thu, 24 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: IDMC releases 2018 Global Report on Internal Displacement Geneva, 21 May 2018 – On May 16th the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre launched its annual Global Report on Internal Displacement in London. The report notes that as of the end of 2017 there were 30.6 million people newly displaced in 143 countries around the world. Mon, 21 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT Latin America: Civil society organisations demand a regional agreement for better protection of Venezuelan migrants Santo Domingo, 16 May 2018 – Civil society organisations, including JRS LAC and JRS Colombia, held an audience before the IACHR to request better assistance for states in the region to address the Venezuelan migrant crisis. Wed, 16 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: A Refugee Mother, Wife, Teacher, and Student Washington D.C., 13 May 2018 – JRS/USA Communications Coordinator, Rashidah McCoy, shares a story of a refugee mother she met while in South Sudan who teaches the students of Yambio by day and raises her family at night. Sun, 13 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT Myanmar: Children as agents of peace Loikow, 10 May 2018 – Myanmar has been a battleground for decades. A long civil war has displaced more than 640,000 people within Myanmar. In Kayah State, the war has internally displaced more than 34,000 persons and close to 12,000 refugees remain in two camps in the Mae Hong Son province of Thailand bordering Myanmar. Thu, 10 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: The spirit of success Maban, 7 May 2018 – Maban is located in the furthest corner of the northeast of South Sudan. It is a very isolated area and the refugee camp is inaccessible at times because of armed conflict in the region. Mon, 07 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT Australia: Joint statement on SRSS income cuts for asylum seekers Sydney, 4 May 2018 – JRS Australia, Jesuit Social Services, and CAPSA recently released a joint statement on the Australian government’s intent to reduce access to SRSS for people seeking asylum in Australia. Fri, 04 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT India: Dreams do come true Goa, 30 April 2018 – Farzana, originally from Afghanistan, is now attending university in Goa thanks to a JRS South Asia capacity building programme. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT