Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:29:08 GMT Lebanon: Returning to childhood Beirut, 25 June 2018 – The sound of elated voices can be heard down the street. Joyful exclamations and laughs bounce between building and back alley. These are the sounds of children at recess: playing house or make-believe, spinning tops, and climbing on jungle-gyms. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Chad: To be a child again Goz Beïda, 22 June 2018 – More than half of school-aged refugee children in Chad are not enrolled in school.  Many of the more than 100,000 unenrolled children were born in refugee camps after their families fled conflict in their native Darfur. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT World Refugee Day: 4 Words to Open the World Rome, 20 June 2018 - Pope Francis has urged the global community to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. This World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are building upon Pope Francis’s words to advocate for refugee education with the campaign <b>4 Words to Open the World</b>. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Wishes for a joyful ‘Id al-Fitr Rome, 15 June 2018 – On the occasion of ‘Id al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan, JRS joins our Muslim friends in thanking the Almighty for the blessings brought by this sacred time. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Call for applications for Education in Emergencies course Rome, 13 June 2018 – Applications are open for this year’s edition of the Education in Emergencies course, organised and co-hosted by the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University. This time the course will be held in Beirut from September 24-28. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Europe: Secondary movements - Necessary result of a flawed system Brussels, 11 June 2018 <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black">– </span>Ask any politician in Europe what a priority in the reform of the EU’s asylum system should be, and they will probably talk about preventing ‘secondary movements’. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Myanmar: Conflict on the rise in Kachin State Bangkok, 7 June 2018 – Since the beginning of this year, the conflict between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has intensified in many parts of Myanmar’s Kachin State. Thu, 07 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: Helping to Heal, Providing Hope Johannesburg, 4 June 2018 -  JRS in South Africa provides health care to infirmed refugees and asylum seekers, and the care they provide goes far beyond the healing of illness. Mon, 04 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Uganda: I want to stay in school (Part II) Adjumani, 31 May 2018 - A few years ago, there were no secondary schools for refugees in Pagirinya and, although Uganda’s progressive refugee regime allows refugee children to attend any school anywhere in the country, most refugee parents could not afford the tuition fees. Thu, 31 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT Uganda: I want to stay in school (Part I) Adjumani, 28 May 2018 – A group of about 60 mostly young men and a handful of girls are crowded in a makeshift classroom, their attention fixed to the front of the room. The classroom consists of a weather-beaten tarpaulin tent supported by thin wooden beams. Mon, 28 May 2018 05:00:00 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