Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:33:59 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 Italy: Dessert and dialogue in Rome Rome, 2 January 2018 – When Andrea Riccardi invited me to join the Commission for “Religions, Culture, and Integration” in 2012, I did not know how to connect the experience of interreligious dialogue with the challenges of migrants and refugees in Italy. Tue, 02 Jan 2018 06:00:00 GMT Global: Year-end letter from JRS International Director Rome, 27 December 2017 – <i>The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. </i>Mahatma Gandhi would not give our society high marks for its treatment of forcibly displaced people this year. But in the midst of xenophobia and closing borders, there is hope. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMT South Africa: Empowering women at JRS Arrupe Centres Johannesburg, 22 December 2017 – In South Africa, host to one of the largest populations of urban refugees in the world, JRS runs two centres for women refugees and asylum seekers. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 06:00:00 GMT Uganda: Peacebuilding brings together refugees and host communities Adjumani, 19 December 2017 – “We need our community to transform and change to a peaceful community where there should be no violent conflict,” says Bosco Geri, a 28-year-old community leader in the Pagirinya, a refugee settlement in northern Uganda. Tue, 19 Dec 2017 06:00:00 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