Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:48:42 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 Uganda: Healing and reconciliation Kampala, 3 April 2018 – At the end of last year, JRS helped support a reconciliation meeting in Maaji III, one of several refugee settlements in the Adjumani district of northern Uganda. Tue, 03 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: JRS Easter Message Rome, 1 April 2018 – This Easter we pray that the stone of hatred and fear may be rolled away from our hearts, so that the hope may be kindled anew in communities that are ravaged by violence, and among people who have known only rejection and exclusion. Sun, 01 Apr 2018 05:00:00 GMT Syria: New beginnings Kafroun, 30 March 2018 – The story of Nour* is a story of pain, a broken heart, and a tired soul, but it is also the story of how it is possible to restore childhood and hope amid war. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Living in communion with refugees this Holy Week Rome, 27 March 2018 – Christians seek in Holy Week to deepen their knowledge of Jesus. Through word and ritual, in prayer and fasting, we seek to know Jesus, and the meaning of his life and death, more intimately. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Europe: The magic trick of the EU-Turkey deal Brussels, 24 March 2018 – This week signals the so-called EU-Turkey deal’s second year of existence. European States and EU institutions present this agreement as an achievement that dramatically, and almost magically, reduced the number of forced migrants arriving in Europe each day. Sat, 24 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Syria: Be love, be light Damascus, 22 March 2018 – “Look, I’m like you now,” says Ammar*, smiling proudly and removing his glasses to demonstrate how he can completely open his eyes. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: JRS reacts to the first draft of the Global Compact on Refugees Rome, 20 March 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and 15 other NGOs have jointly released a reaction statement on the first draft of a Global Compact on Refugees, issued by the UNHCR on 9 March 2018. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Syria: Restoring hope Kafroun, 19 March 2018 – Saad’s* life has been harsh since the beginning. He watched his mother abandon his family at the start of the Syrian war and has lived most of his 13 years of life in the turmoil of the ongoing conflict. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Middle East: Seven years later, Syria still needs peace Beirut, 15 March 2018 – The Syrian conflict is entering its 8th year, and people are still suffering. It is almost impossible to describe in words what is happening and how people are feeling, but it is more crucial than ever to talk about it.  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Syria: Ambition has no limit Damascus, 14 March 2018 – Yana* entered the reception room of the JRS Ibrahim Muslih Centre and proudly displayed the fruit of her labour and hard work: a certificate for having completed the 6th grade. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT USA: On International Women’s Day JRS/USA announces first female Executive Director Washington, DC, 8 March 2018 <span style="font-size:10.5pt;line-height:107%;font-family:">– </span>Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is thrilled to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Joan Rosenhauer to serve as the first woman in the role of Executive Director. Thu, 08 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT Middle East: Statement on the situation in Syria today 7 March 2018 – The situation in Syria, particularly in and around Damascus, remains critical. On 24 February the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to a 30-day ceasefire in Syria; however, there have been constant violations of the ceasefire. Wed, 07 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT Global: Refugee women join in storytelling for annual Voices of Faith event Rome, 5 March 2018 – Speakers and panellists will gather in Rome on International Women’s Day (Thursday, 8 March) at the annual Voices of Faith storytelling event to share stories and discuss this year’s theme ‘why women matter’. Mon, 05 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: A heart for others Parramatta, 2 March 2018 – “You cannot underestimate the power of offering someone a cup of tea, that you have made for them, just the way they like it,” says Joanna, a Community Engagement Officer at JRS Australia. Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT #Do1Thing: What can do we do from home? Goma, 27 February 2018 – I’m living in Goma, the capital city of the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The context of this region is quite complex; it has been influenced by many tragic events. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:00:00 GMT Thailand: Education promotes resilience Bangkok, 23 February 2018 – Imagine the sound of children playing and shouting in a school playground; the bell ringing when class is about to begin. For many asylum seekers and refugees in Bangkok, it has been a long time since they have heard these sounds. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:00 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