Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:34:10 GMT Chad: Education is the only way to change the world Goz Beida, 15 August 2017 - In a small village in Eastern Chad where living conditions are harsh and the environment is perpetually hot and dry, Joana Gomes, the Project Director for JRS in Goz Beida, Chad, finds beauty in the surrounding mountains and in the community Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: a peace-building initiative from women on the border Cuaspud, Nariño, 9 August 2017 -  In order to share the tireless work of those that accompany, serve and defend the forcibly displaced or those seeking refuge, women-led peace initiatives supported by local country offices of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Latin America and Caribbean region have been identified and organized. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT Global: “We have to go deeper”, Taizé Reflection week on Migration Taizé, 3 August 2017 - The ecumenical monastic community of Taizé in France organized a reflection week on migration between the 16th and 23rd of July. During the week, around 3,500 young people from different countries gathered there. Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Graduation Day - coming together, learning together Maban, 27 July 2017 - This event was remarkable not because of the number of students, and not because of the patience they showed in the heat. It was remarkable, first, because this was a graduation ceremony –their graduation ceremony. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMT Central African Republic: Youth are the hope for tomorrow Bambari, 25 July 2017 - Children in Central African Republic have grown up in the context of almost permanent war. They have been recruited sent as cannon fodder to the front lines, forced to fight for one side or the other, to carry out the most appalling atrocities and to suffer quite horrendous violence.  Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMT Haiti: A school gives vulnerable children an opportunity Tilory, 18 July 2017 - Many Haitians have been forced to migrate both internally and to neighboring Dominican Republic due to natural disasters such as the 2010 earthquake or severe poverty. This migration often has lead to serious human rights violations, such as the abuse of laborers, sexual and gender-based violence, the abuse of children, and human trafficking.  Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMT Kenya: Building self-reliance and promoting the inclusion of those with disabilities in Kakuma Kakuma, 6 July 2017 - Elizabeth Wanjiku has been the coordinator of the JRS Special Needs department in Kakuma refugee camp since January 2017. One of the principles that guide JRS's work with people with special needs is the conviction that each person has potential. Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMT Canada: A Father's Persistence Ontario, 3 July 2017 - "To be a father is a lifetime responsibility. You aren't living on your own anymore. You are living a life which is also connected to your other family members. Especially when you have a family member with a special need, the responsibility is even much higher," says David Bulambo a former Congolese refugee who was resettled in Canada last month with his three daughters.  Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMT Democratic Republic of Congo: Where schools become a haven for displaced people Goma, 30 June 2017 - The Great Lakes Region has witnessed one of the largest human migration situations on the African continent. This is a result of the combination of generalised violence among the various groups under arms, disputes for access to resources, and the weakness of nation states.  Fri, 30 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Temporary Learning Spaces Jamman, 26 June 2017 - I am Titus from Jammam. I came to Huffra because of the fighting between the opposition and the army in the Jammam area in 2015. When I came here, JRS made the decision to build a Temporary Learning Space (TLS) for us internally displaced persons (IDPs). Eventually, I joined TLS as a teacher. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Temporary Learning Spaces Jamman, 26 June 2017 - I am Titus from Jammam. I came to Huffra because of the fighting between the opposition and the army in the Jammam area in 2015. When I came here, JRS made the decision to build a Temporary Learning Space (TLS) for us internally displaced persons (IDPs). Eventually, I joined TLS as a teacher. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Central African Republic: Displaced student voices Bambari, 23 June 2017 -  Between September 2016 and February 2017, more than 100,000 new internal displaced persons have been forced to flee their homes in Central African Republic. Here are some testimonies from a group of young survival and JRS students. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: JRS International Director visits for World Refugee Day Baalbek, 22 June 2017 - While visiting JRS projects in Middle East, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, JRS International Director, celebrated World Refugee Day with the staff and the students of the JRS-run schools in Baalbek, Lebanon. Read his interview.  Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day 2017 Vatican, 20 June 2017 - To mark World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service partners with many other Catholic organisations to call for the world to build bridges of solidarity with our refugee sisters and brothers, not walls. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Malawi: Community journalists support and empower fellow refugees Dzaleka, 16 June 2017 – As I walked up to Hugo he had a camera and phone in his hands and was talking with friends. As a community journalist, Hugo, 22 years old, is assigned with documenting and disseminating news and events happening at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT World Refugee Day: Education opens the world Rome, 14 June 2017 - To mark this year’s World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are launching “Education opens the world”, a campaign advocating for educational access for refugees and displaced people around the world, a fundamental right they are too often deprived of because of their displacement. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Syria: What if I had to flee? Rome, 12 June 2017 - Prior to the conflict, my family and I were involved in private businesses including a printing house, a woven label factory, agricultural products manufacturing, and clothing. When the crisis started in 2012, I decided I needed to do something. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Angola: Responding to the emergency situation Dundo, 9 June 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service and UNHCR are responding to the emergency situation in the province of Lunda Norte, Angola, providing support to thousands of Congolese fleeing violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fri, 09 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Greece: Impossible choices Athens, 7 June 2017 - For Zeinab, growing up in Sanandaj, Iran, a mid-sized city known as a centre of Kurdish culture, should have been an experience as normal as any other. But now Zeinab is living in a refugee camp in Athens, Greece, a country that hosts thousands of refugees Europe prefers to forget.  Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Democratic Republic of Congo: support access to secondary education Masisi, 25 May 2017- For Saint Ignatius, education was the gateway to the path that leads to God, but crossing the threshold of this gateway is far from easy in today’s world. In the Jesuit tradition, we have gained extensive experience over the centuries, experience which tells us that human beings reach their full potential only when their intellectual development is fully stimulated.  Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 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