Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:19:06 GMT Iraq: Yazidis of Sinjar today Duhok, 15 October 2018 - Last August marked the fourth anniversary of the Yazidi genocide, and while many countries have spoken out condemning the actions of ISIL that led to the death of thousands, very little is being done to aid those still reeling from the aftermath of this massacre. Mon, 15 Oct 2018 05:00:00 GMT United Kingdom: At Home and the change it brings London, 8 October 2018 - JRS UK’s Communities of Hospitality Coordinator Naomi Turner reflects on the ‘At Home’ hosting scheme that brings people who are destitute together with a local individual or family willing to support them.  Mon, 08 Oct 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Nakio - A Refugee Mother, Wife, Teacher, and Student Yambio, 1 October 2018 – Nakio is a student at Mikese University in Yambio, South Sudan. She is currently in her third-year of schooling to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Education. Each day is a little different for her as she balances being a full-time mother, wife, teacher, and student. Mon, 01 Oct 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Prayer for the Global Compact on Refugees Rome, 24 September 2018 - The United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote on the Global Compact on Refugees this week. This will be the culmination of a two-year process that saw the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, engaging with states and consulting with all relevant stakeholders. Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMT Syria: coping with struggles Aleppo, 19 September 2018 - It is very hard to feel as though you are a “strange” in your own homeland. One has to learn to cope with the most challenging of situations. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: I thought I would have to leave this country Buenaventura, 14 September 2018 -  Forced to leave home and move to Buenaventura, a coastal seaport city in Valle del Cauca and the most impoverished city in Colombia, Genifer was determined not to be stuck in poverty and rendered invisible to the rest of the world, like so many IDPs in Colombia.  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Self-sufficiency for children with disabilities and their families Maban, 10 September 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service in Maban, South Sudan works with Joy, Kifaya, and families like theirs raising children with disabilities in an already challenging environment.  Mon, 10 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMT Malawi: JRS holds Naweza Conference to empower girls Dzaleka, 4 September 2018 - The first ever Naweza Girls Conference held at Dzaleka Refugee camp last month is part of the Naweza project, a partnership between the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Fidel Götz Foundation that aims to empower refugee girls. Tue, 04 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMT Syria: War cannot destroy his dreams Kafroun, 30 August 2018 – Farid* has dreams of a better future and forgetting the harsh realities of his daily life. An enthusiastic 13-year-old, he loves to go to school every morning and then to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Kafroun Centre in the afternoon.  Thu, 30 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT Thailand: Refugee graduation ceremony and beyond Bangkok, 22 August 2018 - Danh’s story is not about what society can do to help persons who are differently abled, but rather, what persons who are differently abled can do and give back to the society. Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT World Humanitarian Day - South Sudan: It is a passion Yambio, 19 August 2018 – After three years working with JRS, Mr Omollo, the JRS Project Director in Yambio, South Sudan, says he has learned that humanitarian work is not just like any other work – it is a passion. Sun, 19 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Wider community protection for refugees Taizé, 15 August 2018 – This year the Jesuit Refugee Service was invited to participate in an interfaith meeting and workshop series organised by the Taizé Community in Burgundy, France. JRS International Advocacy Officer, Amaya Valcarcel, reflects on her time at the meeting among such a diverse and welcoming community. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Fostering peace through sports Yambio, 10 August 2018 – Imagine a world where sport is used to settle conflicts instead of violence. Wishful thinking? Not at all. A JRS Yambio project in South Sudan has made this a reality.  Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT Jordan: This is why I am here Amman, 7 August 2018 – Ahmed, a member of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Jordan Home Visits Team, knocks on the ornate metal door a few times. After the shuffling of feet, Faheem* opens the door and invites Ahmed inside. Tue, 07 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: Giving up is not an option Johannesburg & Pretoria, 3 August 2018 – Last month, JRS South Africa celebrated the graduation of 221 refugees and asylum seekers from the Arrupe Women’s Skill Centre and Pretoria Skill Centre. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT Iraq: Remembering the Yazidi Genocide in Sinjar Duhok, 3 August 2018 - Four years after the genocide of Yazidi people in the Sinjar/Shingal district of northern Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Yazidis are still displaced in camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. An estimated 100,000 fled to neighbouring countries and beyond in search of safety and a new beginning, while as many as 3,000 abducted Yazidis are still missing. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: The Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus Rome, 31 July 2018 – So much of the political rhetoric we hear about refugees is focused not on the greater but on the lesser. Refugees are painted as security threats, economic burdens, or cultural invaders; St Ignatius would tell us instead to act with the generosity of Jesus, who gave everything. Tue, 31 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Thailand: Refugees find safe haven in sports Bangkok, 26 July 2018 <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;font-style: normal;font-variant-ligatures: normal;font-variant-caps: normal;font-weight: 400;letter-spacing: normal;orphans: 2;text-align: -webkit-left;text-indent: 0px;text-transform: none;white-space: normal;widows: 2;word-spacing: 0px;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style: initial;text-decoration-color: initial;display: inline !important;float: none;">–</span> A group of Pakistani refugees stand in position in a small sheltered cricket field in Bangkok. The bowler throws the ball forcefully. The batsman hits it hard and runs to the other side of the field. He scores! His team cheers. Thu, 26 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Venezuela: Our mission Caracas, July 23, 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Venezuela is responding to the country’s ongoing humanitarian crisis. JRS Venezuela understands that protection mechanisms for Venezuelans must be constructed communally, weaving social and humanitarian issues into the same thread of intervention. Mon, 23 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Uganda: I will get there Adjumani, 20 July 2018 – “My aim is not satisfying myself with knowledge but having a knowledge that is going to be beneficial for others,” says Vumilia Ameshinda reflecting on his future. Fri, 20 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Angola: 17 years later Fr Thomas H. Smolich SJ, International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), reflects on his trip to Angola where he visited JRS projects in Viana and Dundo. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Myanmar: Providing love and learning through education Myitkyina, 13 July 2018 <span class="StoryBody">–</span> Roi San, a 24-year old woman, is serving as a volunteer teacher at a Catholic school in the town of Myitkyina in Myanmar’s Kachin State. She began teaching in this school two years ago after graduating from a JRS-supported teacher training course. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: The challenges of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis Bogotá, 10 July 2018 – An estimated fifty thousand people cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia daily. As of December 2017, according to data from Colombia’s central immigration authority (Migración Colombia), over half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Colombia. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Cameroon: The leading women of Ketté Yaoundé, 6 July 2018 – I was given the wonderful opportunity to visit the refugee camps where JRS works in the Ketté region of eastern Cameroon. It was a trip amongst beautiful green jungles, through washed-out bridges, and over countless crevice-like ruts. Fri, 06 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Europe: Three years after the EU Migration Agenda – report launch Brussels, 3 July 2018 – In “Forgotten at the gates of Europe,” JRS Europe documents how migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees experience Europe’s external borders. Tue, 03 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT