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France: longing for a space to call home
Paris, 24 July 2014 – When I want to take a shower, I look at my body. For example here, this is from a cigarette. My hand is broken. You can see they used acid to burn off the tattoo I got for my mother.
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United States: reflections from the southern border
El Paso, 22 July 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Fr Peter Balleis SJ visited the Jesuit Refugee Service USA Detention Chaplaincy Programme in the border city of El Paso, Texas, and shares a reflection of his experience with the staff and the undocumented migrants and asylum seekers held in detention at the El Paso Service Processing Facility.
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South Africa: space to heal in an unequal society
Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 – Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start.
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Colombia: asking for my son's forgiveness
Bogota, 9 July 2014 – "How many times I have asked for my son's forgiveness. How often I have cried with him... and so many other times alone. How wrong I have been! I thought that by taking up arms I was going to leave my son a better country. But now I see: nothing has changed. The same violence and structural injustice has continued through all those years of armed struggle. So many deaths – and for what? And now here I am, in prison, for the crimes I committed during my time as a guerrilla."
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Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan director
Rome, 7 July 2014 – This past week marked a month's time since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan Director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan. This past month has been a painful time for Prem's family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all of us in JRS. Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope. All the information we have continues to suggest that he is alive and he remains in Afghanistan.
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Global: reflections from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
London, 4 July 2014 – Hosted by Secretary of State William Hague and actress and Special Envoy for the UNHCR Angelina Jolie, last week's Global Summit in London took upon itself the impressive task of ending sexual violence in conflict. Armed with the ubiquitous hashtag #TimeToAct, the summit aimed to create "irreversible momentum" that will help, in the words of Jolie, to "apply our protective instinct to the world's most vulnerable people".
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Lebanon: space to learn
Beirut, 3 July 2014 – How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? Lebanon, a country of four million in 2010 is now hosting more than a million Syrian refugees, roughly half are school-aged. A country that is roughly the size of Delaware, or quarter the size of Switzerland – is at its widest point, only 70 km across.
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Malawi: space to become community leaders
Dzaleka, 2 July 2014 – While most of the 18,000 people living in Dzaleka camp dream of leaving, 23 refugees have taken the initiative to turn this not-so-temporary camp into a community.
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Video: Asia Pacific, when home is not a safe place
Bangkok, 1 July 2014 – JRS Asia Pacific team members surveyed tourists and JRS staff in Bangkok about where they feel safe and how their experience compares to that of the approximately 8,000 refugees seeking safety in Bangkok right now.
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