Encouraged by the Jesuit Superior General, Adolfo Nicolás SJ, JRS went to Syria and Jordan in 2008. The following year saw expansion to Turkey, both a destination and major crossroads for refugees hoping to reach Europe or awaiting resettlement. In 2010, the Middle East and North Africa became the tenth official JRS region. In Turkey, JRS reaches refugees and asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. Following the violent events in Syria from 2011 onwards, JRS now provides emergency relief to Syrians both inside Syria, and in neighbouring countries, including Lebanon most recently.
Middle East and North Africa
Cedric Prakash SJ
In the Middle East, JRS began its work in 2008 in response to the huge number of Iraqi refugees fleeing the conflict in their country. Encouraged by the Jesuit Superior General, Adolfo Nicolás SJ, JRS went to Syria and Jordan in 2008. The following year saw expansion to Turkey, both a destination and major crossroads for refugees hoping to reach Europe or awaiting resettlement. Following the violent events in Syria from 2011 onwards, JRS has provided emergency relief to Syrians inside Syria.
Currently, JRS in the Middle East is serving refugees and internally displaced persons in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria; offering a range of services, from child and adult education to accompaniment and psycho-social support, from emergency assistance to advocacy for refugee rights. JRS serves people in need without distinction; Iraqis, Somalis, Sudanese, Syrians and others from different cultures and religions throughout the region have grown to trust JRS. The organisation in the Middle East region has gained the reputation of offering quality services and spreading a family spirit amongst the people served. The people attending the activities feel protected and welcomed.
Syria: Laila, art is in her heart
Beirut, 21 December 2016 - Al- Zabadani is a beautiful and popular hill town in South western Syria not far from the Lebanon border. For almost five years now it has been a battleground between rebels and the Syrian Army. This picturesque town now stands ravaged with several of its inhabitants seeking refuge in other safer zones in Syria or in another country.
Syria: JRS serves displaced in Aleppo
Beirut, 19 December 2016 — The situation in Aleppo continues to be a
cause of great concern. The hostilities continue without ceasing. People
continue to flee eastern Aleppo in large numbers. Ground reports inform
us that internally displaced people — primarily women and children —
flee with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing and with only a
Syria: Fr Frans lives on as a beacon of hope
(Beirut) April 7, 2016 — Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt was killed in Homs, Syria, on April 7th 2014. Frans was a healer — he touched the broken spirits of a battered people; he did not care for himself, if someone was physically sick, he did all he could to make them well again. Fr Frans is a beacon of hope; not only for the people of Syria — for whom he gave up his life — but for people everywhere who yearn for a new dawn, a better tomorrow.
Syria: rocket attacks target civilians in Aleppo and Damascus
Rome, 5 February 2015 - The Jesuit Refugee Service is extremely alarmed by the escalation in attacks on Aleppo and Damascus in the last few days. These indiscriminate attacks are targeting densely populated civilian areas. The level of violence in Damascus has reached unprecedented levels. The international community must take urgent action to protect the lives of civilian populations.
50 NGOs urge states at Berlin conference to protect civilians and refugees affected by the Syrian conflict
Rome, 28 October 2014 – Prior to today's conference on the Syrian crisis, chaired by the German government and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), a group of a group of 50 national and international NGOs urge governments and NGOs act now to address the suffering of Syrians. Above all, the group added, the international community and influential states must prioritise forging a negotiated political solution to end the conflict in Syria.
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