Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Sun, 27 May 2018 07:34:36 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 Asia Pacific: JRS welcomes new Regional Director Bangkok, 27 April 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is pleased to announce that Mr Louie Bacomo has been appointed as the new Regional Director of JRS Asia Pacific. Mr Bacomo will assume the role on the 1st of June 2018, following the end of the term of Fr Bambang A. Sipayung SJ as Regional Director. Fri, 27 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT Kenya: An oasis at the margins Kakuma, 23 April 2018 – Education remains out of reach for many girls around the world. In Kakuma and other refugee camps, girls continue to face difficulties when it comes to accessing education. Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT United Kingdom: Windrush scandal shows hostile environment must end London, 20 April 2018 - Responding to the news that the Government has bowed to media pressure and reversed its mistreatment of Windrush-era citizens, JRS UK has called on the Home Secretary to abandon its hostile environment agenda altogether. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: Let’s let love be our thing Porto, 17 April 2018 – Dundo, in the north of Angola, on the border with Democratic Republic of Congo, has two big refugee camps; those camps were my home for the last three months of 2017. They were my home because they made me feel at home, even though I know a refugee camp should never be a home for anybody. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Gaudete et Exsultate - On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World Rome, 13 April 2018 – JRS welcomes the newly-released Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, “Rejoice and be glad.” Fri, 13 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT Chad: Post-secondary education as a tool of integration N'Djamena, 10 April 2018 – JRS has worked in Chad since 2006 with the aim of serving, supporting, and defending Sudanese refugees who left their homes when the ongoing conflict first broke out in 2003. Tue, 10 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: My mother’s home Parramatta, 6 April 2018 – After arriving in Australia, Esther* found herself struggling with finances and food insecurity. A friend of hers suggested she contact the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and gave her a phone number to call. Fri, 06 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT Uganda: Healing and reconciliation Kampala, 3 April 2018 – At the end of last year, JRS helped support a reconciliation meeting in Maaji III, one of several refugee settlements in the Adjumani district of northern Uganda. Tue, 03 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: JRS Easter Message Rome, 1 April 2018 – This Easter we pray that the stone of hatred and fear may be rolled away from our hearts, so that the hope may be kindled anew in communities that are ravaged by violence, and among people who have known only rejection and exclusion. Sun, 01 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT Syria: New beginnings Kafroun, 30 March 2018 – The story of Nour* is a story of pain, a broken heart, and a tired soul, but it is also the story of how it is possible to restore childhood and hope amid war. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Living in communion with refugees this Holy Week Rome, 27 March 2018 – Christians seek in Holy Week to deepen their knowledge of Jesus. Through word and ritual, in prayer and fasting, we seek to know Jesus, and the meaning of his life and death, more intimately. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Europe: The magic trick of the EU-Turkey deal Brussels, 24 March 2018 – This week signals the so-called EU-Turkey deal’s second year of existence. European States and EU institutions present this agreement as an achievement that dramatically, and almost magically, reduced the number of forced migrants arriving in Europe each day. Sat, 24 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Syria: Be love, be light Damascus, 22 March 2018 – “Look, I’m like you now,” says Ammar*, smiling proudly and removing his glasses to demonstrate how he can completely open his eyes. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: JRS reacts to the first draft of the Global Compact on Refugees Rome, 20 March 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and 15 other NGOs have jointly released a reaction statement on the first draft of a Global Compact on Refugees, issued by the UNHCR on 9 March 2018. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:00:00 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