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With a global staff of more than 1,500 worldwide, the Jesuit Refugee Service is a key source for journalists who seek information on the latest issues on forced displacement in the world. Journalists visiting this site have access to press releases, latest news affecting refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, updates from JRS projects and activities, speeches, special features and more.

JRS programmes are implemented through more than 50 country offices and a large network of partners, and annually benefit more than 900,000 people worldwide.

Our global network of regional communications officers, based throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, can provide updates in emergencies and access to field staff.

Regional staff can lend insight into JRS programmes and advocacy priorities and provide detailed information on current global crises.

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Syria: Despite heat and continued violence, work continues
Aleppo, 6 July 2017 - Syria continues to heat up: literally and figuratively. With daytime temperatures this past week soaring to between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius in most parts of the country, it's been a tough few days for many. In addition to the heat, the shortage of electricity and water add to the suffering, although there have been official efforts to improve the situation on this front.
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Europe: spotlight on refugee integration - video campaign
28 June 2017, Brussels – As part of the ‘I Get You’ campaign, JRS Europe mapped 315 grassroots refugee initiatives across 9 EU countries. Now, for Refugee Day, we proudly launch 9 campaign videos that put some of these projects into focus.
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Lebanon: JRS International Director visits for World Refugee Day
Baalbek, 22 June 2017 - While visiting JRS projects in Middle East, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, JRS International Director, celebrated World Refugee Day with the staff and the students of the JRS-run schools in Baalbek, Lebanon. Read his interview. 
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Welcome, protect, promote, integrate: the Eucharist and the refugee
Vatican, 20 June 2017 - Pope Francis chose the Feast of Corpus Christi last Sunday to speak again about his concerns for refugees, as the United Nations' World Day for Refugees comes around on 20th June. After praying the Angelus he asked the world to listen to the stories of grief and hope told by refugees: it is in these personal encounters that fear and distorted ideologies are banished, and bridges built. 
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Joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day 2017
Vatican, 20 June 2017 - To mark World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service partners with many other Catholic organisations to call for the world to build bridges of solidarity with our refugee sisters and brothers, not walls.
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Syria: What if I had to flee?
Rome, 12 June 2017 - Prior to the conflict, my family and I were involved in private businesses including a printing house, a woven label factory, agricultural products manufacturing, and clothing. When the crisis started in 2012, I decided I needed to do something.
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Angola: Responding to the emergency situation
Dundo, 9 June 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service and UNHCR are responding to the emergency situation in the province of Lunda Norte, Angola, providing support to thousands of Congolese fleeing violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Greece: Impossible choices
Athens, 7 June 2017 - For Zeinab, growing up in Sanandaj, Iran, a mid-sized city known as a centre of Kurdish culture, should have been an experience as normal as any other. But now Zeinab is living in a refugee camp in Athens, Greece, a country that hosts thousands of refugees Europe prefers to forget. 
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South Africa: Social workers accompany refugees through all
Johannesburg, 5 June 2017 - Marcelline, a health worker for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Johannesburg, gave me a warm and comforting smile before we headed out to visit a few of her clients.
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Colombia: The challenge of peacebuilding
Bogotá, 1 June 2017 - For 50 long years, armed groups have embroiled Colombia in conflict. During the most intense period from 1990 to 2004 – when, according to international standards, it reached the level of a "major armed conflict" – it affected practically the entire country.
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India: Life skills training helps refugees support their families
Okkur, 29 May 2017 - Rishna was a six-month old baby when her parents, along with her and her two elder brothers, fled war-torn Jaffna in Sri Lanka and reached the shores of Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu in 1990. 
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Angola: Thousands of refugees from DRC in urgent need of assistance
Dundo, 17 May 2017 - “The situation here is desperately urgent. Thousands of Congolese are fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo and seeking refuge in neighbouring Angola,” reports Tim Smith, JRS Regional Director of Southern Africa, from his visit to north east Angola.
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Sri Lanka: A tribute to years of service
Colombo, 15 May 2017 - “Although almost paralysed, it was clear that Fr Arrupe wanted to ask me a question but could not find the words, so Br Bandera, the infirmarian, brought him paper and pencil. With his left hand, Fr Arrupe shakily drew a map of India, then the droplet shape of the island next to it. By pointing to the island, clearly he was asking me, ‘What is JRS doing to help the people of Sri Lanka?’”
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Iraq: Accompanying the Yazidis
Erbil, 11 May 2017 - April 19th was New Year’s Day for the Yazidis. It was a joy to meet with some of them in Sarsink in the Dohuk District of Iraq on that day, to greet them with a “Jajna ta Piroz”. Each family had a tray laden with several bowls filled with cookies, boiled eggs with their shells colourfully painted, candies, fruits, and for good measure, a packet of cigarettes too!
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Latin America: education is essential for the development of the person and the community
Bogota, 8 May 2017 - For the commemoration of Global Action Week for Education, the JRS in Latin America and the Caribbean shares its stance on the importance of the right to education for refugees and displaced persons in the countries in which it is present, as well as on the obstacles encountered in enjoying that right.
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Malawi: Salama Africa empowers refugee youth
Dzaleka, 5 May 2017 - Alain and Toussaint excitedly exchanged stories and laughs as they talked about Salama Africa, an organization they helped start that empowers youth in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. The group has started a nationally ranked dance group, football teams, and various art classes to help refugee children keep their minds and bodies active. 
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Central African Republic: Serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation
Bangui, 3 May 2017 - The INGOs, members of the Coordination Committee, who are signatories of this note, express their serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation, as well as its impacts as regards human rights violations, humanitarian access to vulnerable populations, the upsurge in needs as well as their own resources and response capacities.
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Myanmar & Thailand: Weaving the future by fostering understanding
Mae Hong Son, 27 April 2017 - The future is never an easy question to deal with, mostly because it is unknown territory for most of us, and I can see that clearly after I met refugees in the Mae Hong Son camps. I saw their dejected faces and they felt emotionally downhearted when I met and talked with them.
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Colombia: Women contribute to peace through the promotion of health
Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, 10 April 2017 - In order to make the work experiences that have emerged from the continuous work of accompanying, serving and advocating for people in a situation of forced displacement or refuge better known, the peace initiatives led by women and accompanied by the national teams belonging to the Jesuit Refugee Service in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean have been systematised.
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Sri Lanka: Ramya’s story of return
Colombo, 07 April 2017 - Ramya has been going back and forth from Tamil Nadu, India to Sri Lanka ever since she was a child. She first came to Tamil Nadu with her parents in 1990 as a ten-year-old girl, and returned to Sri Lanka five years later. She found the situation highly oppressive with a number of army sentries that restricted the movement of even innocent civilians. Because of this, she came back to Tamil Nadu in 1996.
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South Sudan: In love with a displaced God
Maban, 5 April 2017 - I hail from Barcelona, Catalonia. I joined the Society of Jesus in 2000 with a deep desire to serve the poor. This initial impulse has been refined and purified from just serving to something deeper and more reciprocal, which is journeying with those at the margins of history and society. I have been privileged to be able to be with JRS for some years now. 
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USA: JRS welcomes David M. Robinson as new Executive Director
Washington, DC, 4 April 2017 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is pleased to announce that former Ambassador David (Rob) M. Robinson has been appointed executive director.
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International: announcing new Deputy Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ
Rome, 14 March 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service is pleased to present Fr Joseph Xavier SJ as the new International Deputy Director, starting February 2017. His wealth of experience in social justice research and his work advocating for those at the margins will be a great contribution to the Strategic Framework for the future of JRS.
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From Syria to Belgium: Searching for the treasure
Vatican City, 8 March 2017 - The Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place on International Women’s Day. The event will showcase the important contributions that women of faith have already made and will continue to make in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts. Among the testimonies heard on this day, is the story of twin sisters, Nagham and Shadan.
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USA: We must uphold the American values of opportunity and welcome
Washington, 7 March 2017 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is greatly disappointed by the Trump Administration's issuance of a revised Executive Order banning the entry of travelers from six Muslim majority countries into the United States for ninety days, suspending the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days, and slashing the number of planned refugee admissions by more than half.
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