Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:45:15 GMT Syria: Restoring hope Kafroun, 19 March 2018 – Saad’s* life has been harsh since the beginning. He watched his mother abandon his family at the start of the Syrian war and has lived most of his 13 years of life in the turmoil of the ongoing conflict. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Middle East: Seven years later, Syria still needs peace Beirut, 15 March 2018 – The Syrian conflict is entering its 8th year, and people are still suffering. It is almost impossible to describe in words what is happening and how people are feeling, but it is more crucial than ever to talk about it.  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Syria: Ambition has no limit Damascus, 14 March 2018 – Yana* entered the reception room of the JRS Ibrahim Muslih Centre and proudly displayed the fruit of her labour and hard work: a certificate for having completed the 6th grade. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT USA: On International Women’s Day JRS/USA announces first female Executive Director Washington, DC, 8 March 2018 <span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:107%;font-family:">– </span>Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is thrilled to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Joan Rosenhauer to serve as the first woman in the role of Executive Director. Thu, 08 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT Middle East: Statement on the situation in Syria today 7 March 2018 – The situation in Syria, particularly in and around Damascus, remains critical. On 24 February the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to a 30-day ceasefire in Syria; however, there have been constant violations of the ceasefire. Wed, 07 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT Global: Refugee women join in storytelling for annual Voices of Faith event Rome, 5 March 2018 – Speakers and panellists will gather in Rome on International Women’s Day (Thursday, 8 March) at the annual Voices of Faith storytelling event to share stories and discuss this year’s theme ‘why women matter’. Mon, 05 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: A heart for others Parramatta, 2 March 2018 – “You cannot underestimate the power of offering someone a cup of tea, that you have made for them, just the way they like it,” says Joanna, a Community Engagement Officer at JRS Australia. Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: What can do we do from home? Goma, 27 February 2018 – I’m living in Goma, the capital city of the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The context of this region is quite complex; it has been influenced by many tragic events. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT Thailand: Education promotes resilience Bangkok, 23 February 2018 – Imagine the sound of children playing and shouting in a school playground; the bell ringing when class is about to begin. For many asylum seekers and refugees in Bangkok, it has been a long time since they have heard these sounds. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT Syria: Update on the situation in Damascus 22 February 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is profoundly concerned by the violence being visited upon the civilian populations of Damascus and the Eastern Ghouta area in Syria. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT Jordan: Accompanying refugees in Amman Amman, 19 February 2018 – Led by her passion for Middle Eastern culture and determination to foster relationships through language, Elizabeth Woods has truly made an impact on the lives of the refugees she serves in Jordan. Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: The best thing you can give is your time Batouri, 15 February 2018 – I spent almost one year in Batouri, east Cameroon, about 100 kilometers from the border with the Central African Republic (CAR). There, in what is mostly jungle, electricity is problematic and running water simply doesn’t exist. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT Thailand: Through the lens of a refugee Bangkok, 12 February 2018 – The story of Absame, an asylum seeker living in Bangkok, shows incredible bravery, resilience, and persistence. He embraced opportunities for education and utilised his perseverance and skills to find informal employment under extremely tough circumstances. Above all, he perseveres with the hope of a better future. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT World Interfaith Harmony Week: A path of inclusion and integration in Italy Rome, 7 February 2018 – Answering Pope Francis’s call for religious congregations to welcome refugees in 2013, Centro Astalli, JRS Italy, developed an innovative project that accompanies refugees through the latter stages of their integration. Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT World Interfaith Harmony Week: Learning from religious diversity in the Middle East Beirut, 5 February 2018 – “It is when you have a personal contact that you change your mind. We are serving people because they are human beings not because of their religion,” says Angela Abboche. Mon, 05 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT World Interfaith Harmony Week: Working together to promote justice and peace Rome, 1 February 2018 – JRS supports the United Nations’ World Interfaith Harmony Week (1-7 February) and its foundational message that love of God must lead to love of one’s neighbour, that love of the good must lead to love of one’s neighbour. Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT Spain: Refugee Bethlehem at ICAI Madrid, 30 January 2018 – Last December, the Industrial Engineering School (ICAI) at Comillas University, a Jesuit university in Spain with more than a century of history, inaugurated a refugee nativity scene. Tue, 30 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: A small commitment can have a big impact Parramatta, 25 January 2018 – Having been a migrant herself, Marthe knows something about having to move. "Refugees don’t want to be here, they’d rather be home,” she says. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: Little, local actions with a big impact Fairfield, 22 January 2019 - Little did I know that when I decided to #Do1Thing for refugees, my life would be set on a course to do multiple things – and to inspire others to take action that will further refugees’ plight to rebuild their lives upon resettlement in America.  Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: My unexpected swimming teachers Cisaura, 19 January 2018 – Najib is a Hazara who fled Afghanistan for Indonesia. Before arriving in Indonesia, he had no idea how to swim. Now he is learning with help from a few coaches. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: Laughter is the best medicine Bogor, 17 January 2018 – When we think of a medical doctor among refugees, we might be forgiven for assuming that the doctor is there to provide emergency medical treatment. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: I share my knowledge with refugees Cisarua, 15 January 2018 – What Sari has is a little spare time, and the knowledge of her own language, Bahasa Indonesia. This is her gift to Hazara refugees who have fled Afghanistan for Indonesia. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: Helping refugees brings out their potential Sydney, 14 January 2018 – Junghee lives in central Sydney with her dog Boo, and volunteers as an English teacher at Arrupe Place, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) centre in Parramatta. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: Hope for refugees begins with you Rome, 9 January 2018 – We hear the words “refugee crisis” all the time, and the sheer magnitude of the current situation can leave us feeling powerless and frustrated. Whose responsibility is it to solve the “refugee crisis”? Can anything be done? Whom should I blame for the situation? Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT Canada: Creating communities for Canadians and newcomers Montréal, 5 January 2018 – Following the call in 1980 of Pedro Arrupe SJ, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, to assist the Vietnamese boat people, the Jesuits of French Canada started to sponsor refugees. Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT