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Ethiopia: Confronting urban hardship
Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways.
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Ecuador: Blessed passage – stories of refuge
San Lorenzo, 7 December 2017 – Maria Dolores is Ecuadorian but lived in Cali, Colombia until the violence of armed conflict in the area intensified, forcing her to return to her home country.
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Colombia: Faces of urban displacement
Cúcuta, 4 December 2017 – Decades of internal armed conflict in Colombia have forcibly displaced thousands of people. Many of these internally displaced persons move to cities where jobs are hard to find, the potential for exploitation is high, and supporting one's self, let alone a family, is no easy task.
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Bangladesh: “I ask your forgiveness” says Pope Francis to Rohingya refugees
Dhaka, 4 December 2017 Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the Rohingya people and asked for reconciliation last Friday after meeting 16 Rohingya refugees who fled persecution and are now living in the camps at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the district bordering Myanmar.
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Global: JRS International Director speaks on peripheries in our cities
Rome, 30 November 2017 – Last week, the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas welcomed Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), for their final Vincent Pallotti Institute fall lecture.
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Afghanistan: JRS projects support returnees in navigating peace and reconstruction
Kabul, 27 November 2017 – As I held a discussion in the class of around 20 English students, their teacher suddenly hurried out of the room, overcome with emotion.
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Global: Pope’s Message for the 51st World Day of Peace
Vatican City, 24 November 2017 – Today, the Vatican published Pope Francis’s message for World Peace Day 2018, which will be celebrated 1 January 2018.
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Kenya: A young refugee’s journey to the State House
Nairobi, 21 November 2017 – “I just want to make my parents proud,” says young Tikikil, providing some insight into what motivates this first-year high school pupil. Her accomplishments are, indeed, impressive.
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Iraq: The human spirit in action
Dohuk, 17 November 2017 – Fr Tony O’Riodan SJ, a Jesuit of the Irish province, was impacted by many things about his experience working with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Iraqi Kurdistan; one of these impacts was the lasting and continual effect of war on the human life and spirit.
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Global: The legacy of Fr Arrupe in today’s crisis of solidarity
Rome, 14 November 2017 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was founded by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ on 14 November 1980 in response to the plight of Vietnamese people seeking to escape their homeland by boat, and also to aid refugees fleeing Ethiopia, Somalia, Cambodia, and Laos.
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