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Global: Remembering Fr. Kolvenbach’s commitment to refugees
Rome, 2 December 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service family remembers Fr.
Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, who died in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 November. Fr
Kolvenbach served as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus
for almost twenty-five years and carried forward Fr. Arrupe’s legacy.
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USA: Walking with Refugees Award Reception for Fr Ken Gavin SJ
Washington DC, 1 December 2016 - Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin S.J., Assistant International Director, will be honoured with the Grace Kobbe Tevis Award for Extraordinary Service at a special event in New York today.
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Europe: Children cannot wait
Brussels, 30 November 2016 - EU institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 civil society organisations said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels.
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CAR: 'We do not understand this war'
Batouri, 29 November 2016 - "I still do not know why the war is going on in our country, the Central African Republic," says Haman, a refugee from CAR living in the Ketté area, Eastern Cameroon. Haman lives in the little town of Boubara with his wife and five sons. 
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Chad: Promoting girls education through theatre
Iriba, 28 November 2016 - “Our society thinks that daughters are only
for reproduction, for taking care of the children at home and for
looking after the household. This view demotes women, their image and
their role in society” says Nafisa, a librarian at the JRS Youth Centre
in Amnabak Refugee Camp.
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Global: Fr Thomas Smolich SJ to receive 2016 CRISPAZ Peace Award
San Salvador, 25 November 2016 - JRS International Director, Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J., will be honoured by Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) with the CRISPAZ Peace Award on Wednesday, November 30, at an evening reception at Santa Clara University's De Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, CA.
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Afghanistan: Expanding education opportunities for girls
Washington DC, 24 November 2016 – While many international aid organizations have pulled out of Afghanistan in recent years, Jesuit Refugee Service remains committed to helping educate the country's youth – particularly girls and those from marginalized groups.
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Global: Supporting justice against conflict minerals
Brussels, 23 November 2016 - The European Union (EU) has today taken a positive, but half-hearted, step towards cleaning up Europe's trade in minerals. EU legislators concluded their negotiations on a new law on so-called 'conflict minerals'—a Regulation which is meant to ensure that minerals entering the EU do not finance conflict or human rights violations.
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Syria: JRS staff stand together in serving the displaced
Beirut, 22 November 2016 - The war in Syria has grabbed world headlines for almost six years now. The violence has killed and wounded thousands. Millions have been made homeless: most of them as IDPs in Syria or having to seek refuge in another country. Many towns and cities of Syria are destroyed beyond recognition.
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USA: Higher education, vocational training are key to improving refugee lives
Washington DC, 21 November 2016 – Fr. David Holdcroft S.J. believes an education is among the most practical gifts JRS can offer. During his six-years as regional director of Jesuit Refugee Service Southern Africa, he and his staff developed and implemented educational programs that offered inspiration and tangible benefits to the refugees they served.
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