Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:31:29 GMT Jordan: A ray of hope Al-Hussein, 24 March 2017 - ‘Aisha’ is a special name in the Arab world and has a range of meanings from ‘she who lives’ to ‘philosophical one’. When Aisha was born eighteen years ago in Homs in Syria, she was a gift to her parents. As she grew up, she had dreams and hopes for a good education, a happy family, and a comfortable and prosperous life. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: School allows students to dream of the future Bourj Hammoud, 22 March 2017 – My name is Mariyam and I am from Syria. I was born on July 11th, 2000 in Idlib, Jisr El Shughour. I studied up to first grade in Idlib. I was very young when I had to leave my classes and my relatives to move to Damascus, Duma, because of my father’s work. We were surprised by what we found.  Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT SYRIA: Update on situation in Damascus Damascus, 21 March 2017 - The capital of Syria, awoke this morning with a terrible explosion around 0500 hrs in the Joubar area of the city. Ever since, there has been heavy rocket and mortar attacks in the Al-Abbassyin square, Kassaa, Bab-Touma, Mazraa and Jaramana neighbourhoods of the city. As of now (9.30 am), we have unaware of the number of fatalities or of those injured, in this latest round of violence. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Syria: Finding community at the Alberto Hurtado Centre Jaramana, 20 March 2017 - Mahmoud seems to have seen it all in just about thirteen years of his earthly existence: war and violence, displacement and flight, rejection and loneliness, hard work and helplessness. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Syria: Shattered dreams but embers of hope Jaramana, 17 March 2017 - They lived not far in Rural Damascus and had a comfortable life: a young couple with three children. He with a secure job, drawing a salary, which was able to provide for his family more than the basic amenities of life. She looked forward to a career in law, once the children had completed their schooling. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Six years on, Syrian people share stories of hope for the future 15 March 2017 – “There is still suffering and much pain - but what keeps us going on is our courage to hope and our continued resilience.” These are the words of Lola Mousa, who originally hails from the countryside near the city of Homs in Syria. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: Running with friends again Baalbek, 15 March 2017 - It is a tragedy, which will forever remain etched in his memory. He narrates it as though it happened just yesterday. He recalls the exact date it took place in August 2013. Kassem was just about eight years old - like any other child in Syria, enjoying the fun and games, quite oblivious of the conflict, which had enveloped the lives of his family and the neighbours around.  Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT International: announcing new Deputy Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ Rome, 14 March 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service is pleased to present Fr Joseph Xavier SJ as the new International Deputy Director, starting February 2017. His wealth of experience in social justice research and his work advocating for those at the margins will be a great contribution to the Strategic Framework for the future of JRS. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Vatican: Women stir the waters at Voices of Faith storytelling event Vatican City, 10 March 2017 – On International Women’s Day, powerful women from different parts of the world gathered at the Casina Pia IV in the heart of the Vatican for the annual storytelling event Voices of Faith, co-hosted by the Fidel Gotz Foundation and the Jesuit RefugeeService. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:00:00 GMT Malawi: Dzaleka secondary students compete in national Math Olympiad, look to the future Dzaleka, 15 February 2017 - Three students from the JRS-run Dzaleka Community Secondary School made school history by being the school's first-ever participants in Malawi's nationwide Math Olympiad, a week-long math competition held at Mzuzu University in January.  Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:00:00 GMT Entreculturas and JRS join the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network for the cause of child soldiers 9 February 2017 - On the occasion of the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers on 12 February 2017, Entreculturas and the Jesuit Refugee Service join Pope Francis' monthly intention to pray and mobilise for the end of the use of child soldiers, in collaboration with the Pope Worldwide Prayer Network. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:00:00 GMT Halwo’s tale – My land is yours to have 19 January 2017 - She didn't want her face splayed on photographs or her real name printed in bold on pages of unknown, unimaginably far-away newspapers. But Halwo* wanted people to know. To know that lives of the other are here, present and stingingly overlooked. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 GMT Cameroon: Reconciliation through income-generating projects Boubara, 11 January 2017 - Reconciliation - understood as the restoration of social cohesion through socio-economic development - offers the opportunity to gather communities around common projects. All parties are thus involved in activities related to the common good, rather than centred on particular or individual interests. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 GMT End of year message from the International Director 2016 has been memorable for shadows and lights. One shadow hovering over our world is the reality of 65 million refugees and displaced people - the highest number in our history. We are all acutely aware of places like Aleppo and Athens. Yet JRS also works where those on the move are off the radar. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Syria: JRS calls for safe passage and security to all civilian population in Aleppo Beirut, 23 December 2016 - The escalation of violence with the continued shelling in Aleppo (both in the eastern and western parts) for the greater part of the last couple of months, has been a cause of great concern to the Jesuit Refugee Service. Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Syria: Laila, art is in her heart Beirut, 21 December 2016 - Al- Zabadani is a beautiful and popular hill town in South western Syria not far from the Lebanon border. For almost five years now it has been a battleground between rebels and the Syrian Army. This picturesque town now stands ravaged with several of its inhabitants seeking refuge in other safer zones in Syria or in another country. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Syria: JRS serves displaced in Aleppo - UPDATE 20 December 2016 Beirut, 20 December 2016 — The people of Aleppo continue to live in an environment of violence even as more people are evacuated from Foah and Kafraya to the collective shelters in the Jibreen areas. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Uganda: A joint appeal to end violence in South Sudan Kampala, 15 December 2016 - On the third anniversary of the outbreak of violence in South Sudan in December 2013, the Government of Uganda Office of the Prime Minister, six UN agencies and eleven humanitarian organisations in Uganda are appealing to the world to bring an end to the suffering of the South Sudanese people. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Italy: A journey of faith through displacement Rome, 7 December 2016 - Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, speaking in Geneva in December 2012, said "for the vast majority of uprooted people there are few things as powerful as their faiths in helping them cope with fear, loss, separation and destitution." Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Malawi: Vocational education provides independence Dzaleka Refugee Camp, 6 December 2016 — Eureka left the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her son after her husband, a journalist, was killed. She's now a refugee here in Dzaleka, where a Jesuit Refugee Service training course provided new skills and hopes for her future. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Global: Remembering Fr. Kolvenbach’s commitment to refugees Rome, 2 December 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service family remembers Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, who died in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 November. Fr Kolvenbach served as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus for almost twenty-five years and carried forward Fr. Arrupe’s legacy. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Chad: Promoting girls education through theatre Iriba, 28 November 2016 - “Our society thinks that daughters are only for reproduction, for taking care of the children at home and for looking after the household. This view demotes women, their image and their role in society” says Nafisa, a librarian at the JRS Youth Centre in Amnabak Refugee Camp. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT Chad: Promoting girls education through theatre Iriba, 28 November 2016 - “Our society thinks that daughters are only for reproduction, for taking care of the children at home and for looking after the household. This view demotes women, their image and their role in society” says Nafisa, a librarian at the JRS Youth Centre in Amnabak Refugee Camp. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT Afghanistan: Expanding education opportunities for girls Washington DC, 24 November 2016 – While many international aid organizations have pulled out of Afghanistan in recent years, Jesuit Refugee Service remains committed to helping educate the country's youth – particularly girls and those from marginalized groups. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT USA: Higher education, vocational training are key to improving refugee lives Washington DC, 21 November 2016 – Fr. David Holdcroft S.J. believes an education is among the most practical gifts JRS can offer. During his six-years as regional director of Jesuit Refugee Service Southern Africa, he and his staff developed and implemented educational programs that offered inspiration and tangible benefits to the refugees they served. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT