Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Mon, 18 Dec 2017 06:47:35 GMT Belgium: I Get You final event and report launch Brussels, 15 December 2017 - In a climate of divisive rhetoric and xenophobic populism from political leaders in Europe, JRS Europe’s new research published today shows that overwhelming numbers of Europeans actively welcome and include forced migrants in our societies. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMT Ethiopia: Confronting urban hardship Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMT Ecuador: Blessed passage – stories of refuge San Lorenzo, 7 December 2017 – Maria Dolores is Ecuadorian but lived in Cali, Colombia until the violence of armed conflict in the area intensified, forcing her to return to her home country. Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMT Colombia: Faces of urban displacement Cúcuta, 4 December 2017 – Decades of internal armed conflict in Colombia have forcibly displaced thousands of people. Many of these internally displaced persons move to cities where jobs are hard to find, the potential for exploitation is high, and supporting one's self, let alone a family, is no easy task. Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMT Global: JRS International Director speaks on peripheries in our cities Rome, 30 November 2017 – Last week, the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas welcomed Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), for their final Vincent Pallotti Institute fall lecture. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT Afghanistan: JRS projects support returnees in navigating peace and reconstruction Kabul, 27 November 2017 – As I held a discussion in the class of around 20 English students, their teacher suddenly hurried out of the room, overcome with emotion. Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT Global: Pope’s Message for the 51st World Day of Peace Vatican City, 24 November 2017 – Today, the Vatican published Pope Francis’s message for World Peace Day 2018, which will be celebrated 1 January 2018. Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT Kenya: A young refugee’s journey to the State House Nairobi, 21 November 2017 – “I just want to make my parents proud,” says young Tikikil, providing some insight into what motivates this first-year high school pupil. Her accomplishments are, indeed, impressive. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT Iraq: The human spirit in action Dohuk, 17 November 2017 – Fr Tony O’Riodan SJ, a Jesuit of the Irish province, was impacted by many things about his experience working with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Iraqi Kurdistan; one of these impacts was the lasting and continual effect of war on the human life and spirit. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT Global: The legacy of Fr Arrupe in today’s crisis of solidarity Rome, 14 November 2017 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was founded by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ on 14 November 1980 in response to the plight of Vietnamese people seeking to escape their homeland by boat, and also to aid refugees fleeing Ethiopia, Somalia, Cambodia, and Laos. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT Global: Education in Emergencies course co-hosted with Fordham University Rome, 10 November 2017 – With close to 30 million children living in conflict-affected countries, and hundreds of thousands of families displaced by natural disasters, education in times of crisis and conflict is fundamental to achieving the goal of universal education. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT Global: JRS formalises Child Safeguarding Policy Rome, 08 November 2017 <span style="font-size: 11pt;font-family: Calibri," 20px;"="" class="TextRun SCXW179847920" lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179847920" style="background-color: inherit;"></span></span><span style="font-size: 11pt;font-family: Calibri," 20px;"="" class="TextRun SCXW179847920" lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179847920" style="background-color: inherit;">–</span></span> The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has officially formalised its International Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure that all its staff members uphold the highest standard of respectable conduct when dealing with every human being below the age of eighteen years. Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT Ethiopia: JRS inaugurates its Child Protection Centre Addis Ababa, 6 November 2017 – Last week JRS officially inaugurated its Child Protection Centre in Addis Ababa. The centre is the first of its kind and has been operating since July. It provides a comprehensive child protection response to unaccompanied and vulnerable refugee children through various activities. Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:00:00 GMT Indonesia: Brothers in humanity Bogor, 3 November 2017 – A few months ago, I volunteered at Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Indonesia as part of my Jesuit Tertianship, the final stage in Jesuit formation which is also called the third stage of probation. Fri, 03 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT USA: Concerts for refugees spotlight JRS Global Education Initiative Washington DC, 30 October 2017 – <i>Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees</i> mounted a successful two week, eight-city tour, beginning in Seattle, on October 3 and ending in Dallas, October 15. <i>Lampedusa</i>, designed to spotlight the global refugee crisis, was produced by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Greece: Asylum seekers in abysmal conditions on islands Athens, 24 October 2017 – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organisations said in an open letter released 23 October. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Uganda: Expanding opportunity through livelihood initiatives Kampala, 23 October 2017 – In Uganda’s capital around 75,000 displaced persons live as urban refugees – a life that is fraught with uncertainty and doubt. Asylum seekers and refugees arriving in Kampala are in a destitute condition. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Indonesia: Newcomers celebrate Independence Day Bogor, 20 October 2017 – Navid*, is one of the students in the Bahasa Indonesia class at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Learning Centre in Bogor, Indonesia. He is a polite, friendly, and passionate young man from Afghanistan. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Global: Symposium on religion and refugees in Europe Rome, 17 October 2017 – A symposium called <i>Religion and Responses to Migrants and Refugees in Europe: The Catholic Church in Comparative Perspective</i> took place in Rome between 12 and 14 October. It was organized by the University of Notre Dame, together with the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Democratic Republic of Congo: Waiting for home Masisi, 13 October 2017 – In the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the territory of Masisi remains entrenched in armed conflict, ethnic violence, and instability. Within this insecure situation, thousands of families flee their homes each year. Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Bangladesh: Responding to the plight of the Rohingya Dhaka, 11 October 2017 – The JRS Deputy International Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ, is currently evaluating opportunities to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where over 500,000 people have fled violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 2017. Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: Youth leadership as a tool for peacebuilding and reconciliation Cúcuta, 5 October 2017 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Colombia in Norte de Santander and the youth foundation Quinta con Quinta Crew recently gave their first joint workshop course on Ignatian leadership.  Thu, 05 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Global: JRS releases its 2016 International Annual Report Rome, 3 October 2017 – According to figures published in the latest annual report, the Jesuit Refugee Service reached more than 733,400 refugees and forcibly displaced people in 2016, operating in 51 countries worldwide, a slight increase compared to the previous year. Tue, 03 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Chad: Darfuri students excel after curriculum transition N'Djamena, 29 September 2017 – More than a decade after the initial onset of conflict in their homeland, Darfuri refugees remain in twelve refugee camps, near the Chadian border with Sudan. In these twelve settlements, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) runs its largest education project worldwide. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT Malawi: Breaking down barriers and opening doors for people with disabilities Dzaleka, 26 September 2017 – Disability services at Dzaleka Refugee Camp are limited, but Higher Education at the Margins (HEM) alumnus Fidel Musiri is working to fill the gap. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT