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Where we work
JRS programmes, found in over 50 countries worldwide, provide assistance to over 730,000 individuals. This service provision is overseen by 10 regional offices with support from the International Office in Rome. For the contact details of each regional office, click on the map and see the details below.

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Southern Africa
Regional Office
+27 11 618 3404

JRS Southern Africa is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organisation affiliated to the Society of Jesus. The regional office in Southern Africa supports country programmes in Angola, Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. With a mandate to serve refugees and forcibly displaced persons, country projects include assisting refugees to access education, healthcare, and offering small business support.

In Angola, JRS institutes legal workshops for refugees and government officials in order to educate individuals about the rights of refugees. JRS also assists refugees in filing appeals if they have been denied refugee status.

In Malawi, JRS works with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins in Dzaleka refugee camp to bring a variety of educational initiatives to displaced persons. JRS also brings psychosocial programmes to refugees and displaced persons requiring psychosocial support.

In Zimbabwe, JRS works in Tongogara refugee camp to bring skills training to refugees and displaced persons. These trainings include computing, hairdressing, cosmetology and sewing classes. There are also initiatives that work to bring accredited education and scholarship programmes to students in the camp.

In South Africa, JRS works with refugees in urban areas like Johannesburg and Pretoria to generate income. Since Johannesburg is home to the largest urban refugee population in the world, JRS works tirelessly with refugees to create sustainable livelihoods and vocational training and assistance in setting up small businesses.

Angola: JRS Holds Debate on Refugee Situation

Luanda, 10 August 2018—Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) held a debate on "The situation of refugees in Angola" with the aim of promoting dialogue amongst partners and human rights defenders in civil society. Bringing together actors in this space can build stronger solutions to the barriers refugees and asylum seekers face in Angola.

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Angola: 17 years later

Fr Thomas H. Smolich SJ, International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), reflects on his trip to Angola where he visited JRS projects in Viana and Dundo.
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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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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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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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Angola: The People We Advocated for in Lunda Norte Province

Prior to December 2015, JRS in Angola also provided legal, administrative and advocacy assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in the North Eastern province of Lunda Norte, in Angola, but this aspect of the programme has closed since. However, the people they worked on behalf of, refugees and asylum seekers, have not only had their rights protected by JRS, but managed to claim back their agency and take action in protecting their rights themselves.
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Angola: Conversations with Urban Refugees in Luanda

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), in its approach to the work we do with refugees and asylum seekers, takes the time to listen and we always strive to understand the circumstances and the needs of those we accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of. We offer a listening ear and a safe haven that allows displaced people an opportunity to share with us the challenges they escaped and the challenges they still have to deal with, in an effort to craft a way forward.
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Angola: Educating Children in Lunda Norte despite the Challenges

JRS, in building the school in this poor community, has answered a need that not only affects refugee children, but the children of locals as well. This is advocacy and social cohesion at its best! In the rare instance where JRS, though its core purpose of assisting refugees, is able to assist local communities as well, we create an opportunity for local and displaced communities to benefit jointly from our initiatives, it creates a sense of social cohesion and it facilitates cross cultural exchanges that lead to respect and peaceful co-existence.
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Angola: survivors of sexual violence take back their rights

Lunda Norte Province, Angola, 28 October 2015 – Maria Jose Mambole, a refugee from the DRC, speaks before a group of 30 women about sexual violence. Despite the poverty and xenophobia these women already face as refugees, they are burdened with an additional power-gap due to their gender. Together, they have committed themselves to be activists for change.
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Angola: Fear and Loathing in Luanda, But JRS is a Place of Refuge

Speaking to a group of women in Angola, seeking asylum and refugee status, it is clear that the institutionalised and community xenophobia, have left these women to live and hide in fear. Culturally and as a result of persistent harassment for bribes by some authorities, these women have become recluse, hiding rather than seeking the necessary assistance Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) could provide. Some have therefore not approached JRS to assist with obtaining the necessary documentation to obtain refugee status and therefore risk being regarded as undocumented migrants. Others have not sought assistance for livelihood training programmes that JRS runs in Angola.
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Angola: Women Refugees, Making a Stand Against Gender Based Violence

Without JRS, or any organisation that could advocate for and protect the rights of these communities, there would have been no hope. With the assistance of JRS, Maria and Joyce work tirelessly with these women, as they spread awareness and are always available to lend a listening ear.
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Angola: training on sexual violence and HIV/AIDS promotes refugee integration

Luanda, 11 May 2011 – In an attempt to combat domestic violence, sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) and provide education on HIV/AIDS, the Angolan office of the Jesuit Refugee Service is helping train community counsellors. Working in conjunction with local activists, JRS recently identified and trained eight counsellors.
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Angola: Reconciliation Centre in Cazombo

The JRS Reconciliation Centre provides refugee returnees and members of the local population in Cazombo with a place to mingle, share experiences and discuss issues that affect them. It also facilitates dialogue and helps members of the community amicably resolve disputes without turning to violence. The centre already attracts children, young people and women of all walks of life.

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