Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Wed, 24 May 2017 13:33:58 GMT France: opening doors, horizons and minds Paris, 22 May 2017 – As France recently elected its new President, the director of JRS France, Antoine Paumard SJ, looks back on a year full of new challenges, but also new hope for greater collaboration and hospitality for refugees from civil society. Mon, 22 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT Central African Republic: Serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation Bangui, 3 May 2017 - The INGOs, members of the Coordination Committee, who are signatories of this note, express their serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation, as well as its impacts as regards human rights violations, humanitarian access to vulnerable populations, the upsurge in needs as well as their own resources and response capacities. Wed, 03 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT Iraq: Determined to build a new life Erbil, 02 May 2017 - There is a steely determination in Zozan. As you listen to this 25-year old woman, you know she will go places. She shares what she would like to do most in life: to learn new languages and to travel to distant lands.  Tue, 02 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: ‘I want the children of the world to hear my story Baalbek, 24 April 2017 - Randa is a courageous woman that has braved all odds. Over the years, she has seen and experienced hunger and deprivation, bombardments and suffering, destruction and death. Randa, however, is not one to be defeated. She has an indomitable spirit.  Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: A senseless war Maban, 21 April 2017 - We are devastated by the recent turn of events here in South Sudan. After five long decades of war with the north, South Sudan became independent in 2011. Soon after that, in December 2013, the current conflict, a full scale civil war this is threatening the very existence of the youngest nation in the world. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Running for refugees Rome, 19 April 2017 - South Sudan, a brand new country wracked by famine and riven by civil war, is a troubled place in north central Africa. It is a place close to my heart. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) where I work has been providing education services to the southern Sudanese for 24 years. Since gaining its independence in 2011, South Sudan continues to suffer.  Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: The FVDL Centre encourages Roula to pursue her dreams Bourj Hammoud, 13 April 2017 - “I want to do everything,” says Roula coyly but with a sense of determination. The ‘everything’ seems to be the mission statement of the life of this vibrant fourteen-year-old girl. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: In love with a displaced God Maban, 5 April 2017 - I hail from Barcelona, Catalonia. I joined the Society of Jesus in 2000 with a deep desire to serve the poor. This initial impulse has been refined and purified from just serving to something deeper and more reciprocal, which is journeying with those at the margins of history and society. I have been privileged to be able to be with JRS for some years now.  Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT Iraq: Becoming self-reliant Erbil, 1 April 2017 - Avin has turned her back on the hate and violence, which she and her family have had to experience for a good part of the war in Syria since 2011.  Avin was born and brought up in a Kurdish town of Qamishlo in north –east Syria, not far from the Turkish border. These past years have been very difficult for the inhabitants of the town. Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT Jordan: Dreaming a future in a foreign land Amman, 28 March 2017 - Al Marekh is a suburb of Amman in Jordan. Today it is home to several refugees from Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. Rentals for accommodation are not as high here as in the central areas of the city, but they keep escalating every year. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: Finding home in a new place Jbeil, 27 March 2017 – Nada and Zakiya, two teenage Syrian refugee girls, share their stories of flight and finding a new home in Lebanon. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:00:00 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