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Rome: Fr Nicolás encourages hospitality on the frontiers
Rome, 21 November 2014 – Yesterday, on the on 34th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), over 250 people gathered to hear Fr Adolfo Nicolás , Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), discuss Hospitality on the Frontiers. In his discussion with the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Frederico Lombardi, Fr Nicolás encouraged governments and citizens to open their doors to refugees, recognizing service to refugees as "Gospel hospitality in action."
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Fr Superior Nicolás and Fr Lombardi together to talk about refugees
Rome, 20 November 2014 – In commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will discuss the challenges of the reception of refugees with Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Press Office of the Holy See.
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Australia: shutting the door in the face of a global humanitarian crisis
Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.
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South Sudan: pastoral accompaniment as a sign of God's presence
Lobone, 19 November 2014 – Faith plays a pivotal role in the experience of refugees. Ignoring this reality would be tantamount to ignoring the huge potential of faith to help refugees cope resiliently with the hardships they face, and to look beyond the present to a future of hope. While respecting the faith of all refugees, JRS offers pastoral services for Catholic refugees in response to need, distinctly from other services. Richard Dwyer says that for many refugees, the presence of a priest is a symbol and a practical sign of God's presence.
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Ethiopia: serving refugees in the Horn of Africa
Dollo Ado, 13 November 2014 –The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) noted that during 2013 the "population of concern" in Ethiopia rose from about 379,000 to 436,000. Most of these refugees live in camps in the Dollo Ado region, a desert area near the southeastern border with Somalia and Kenya. Most struggle to get by in the camps, even risking their lives. Yet with improved educational and livelihood, much can be done to offer young refugees the hope of a brighter future.
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Nairobi: friends in the Lord
Nairobi, 12 November 2014 – Atsu Andre Agbogan reflects concretely on his own experience with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) teams in the field and, from his perspective as a human resources officer, highlights the importance of accompaniment within JRS teams. He challenges all in JRS – team members and leaders alike – to understand accompaniment as a process of working together as a team, one complementing the other, striving to identify solutions to problems and offering mutual support in order to achieve the JRS mission.
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Iraq: the Jesuit Refugee Service in Iraqi Kurdistan, winter imperils displaced families
Erbil, 11 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has established a project in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kuridstan region, to provide assistance to recently displaced people. Unprecedented numbers of families and individuals have been displaced across Iraq and Syria as the Islamic State has spread in recent months.
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Mexico: presence and listening count
Mexico, 5 November 2014 – Our work in the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) demands that we bring professional skills, knowledge and competence to our service with refugees. Taking the example of Jesus as a compassionate companion of the poor and marginalised, Anne-Elisabeth de Vuyst offers challenging suggestions on how to grow in accompaniment, such as: learning to listen, being accessible, and learning how to receive as well as to give.
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Italy: without work, what can I do?
Italy, 3 November 2014 – The single-most urgent need of the migrants we interviewed in southern Italy was to work – even the desire to get a document was closely linked to the possibility this opened up of finding a job afterwards. So much so some of those who were still waiting for a document harboured unrealistic expectations about getting work once they had one.
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Praying with refugees: education preserves the life of its owner – girls' education in Chad
Abéché, 1 November 2014 – Food shortages in refugee camps forced families to engage in otherwise unacceptable practices. Some marry off their daughters early in exchange for payment. Young girls wash clothes instead of going to school for as little 1.75 US dollars a day; other engage in survival sex. Sixty percent reductions in food assistance last year for the 360,000 Sudanese refugee families in eastern Chad have not only put girls and women at risk, they have affected girls' education.
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