Help refugees fleeing Syria
Support Pope Francis's continued plea to help refugees in Europe and bring peace to Syria.

Jesuit Refugee Service is on the front lines of the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe as thousands of Syrians flee across the Mediterranean in the hopes of saving their lives.


JRS calls on the world to:

  • prioritise diplomatic efforts and apply pressure on the Syrian government and the armed opposition forces to reach a negotiated solution to the conflict. Consultation opportunities must be created for the participation of Syrian representatives from communities engaged in humanitarian assistance across social, religious and ethnic divides;
  • put pressure on all armed forces to allow humanitarian assistance for communities in need and to refrain from disrupting humanitarian operations and/or hindering the work of personnel;
  • increase financial and technical support for grassroots humanitarian initiatives serving the most vulnerable Syrians in full accordance with international humanitarian principles;
  • ensure that international development donors provide greater technical and financial support to relieve the pressure on host countries and help refugees and vulnerable local households alike. Support should be offered to help counter increasing discrimination and xenophobia towards Syrians. Refugee-hosting countries should be supported to enhance border security and ensure access to international protection for those fleeing violence and persecution in Syria; and
  • offer places to refugee households in the most vulnerable circumstances in resettlement programmes – or temporary visas – in Europe, the United States and other countries willing to share the responsibility for their protection with the immediate neighbours of Syria.
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Syria: JRS calls for safe passage and security to all civilian population in Aleppo
Beirut, 23 December 2016 - The escalation of violence with the continued shelling in Aleppo (both in the eastern and western parts) for the greater part of the last couple of months, has been a cause of great concern to the Jesuit Refugee Service.
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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.
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Syria: JRS serves displaced in Aleppo - UPDATE 20 December 2016
Beirut, 20 December 2016 — The people of Aleppo continue to live in an environment of violence even as more people are evacuated from Foah and Kafraya to the collective shelters in the Jibreen areas.
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Syria: JRS condemns every form of violence
Beirut, 3 May 2016 - Jesuit Refugee Service is unequivocal in condemning every form of violence- and particularly violence on civilian populations. Nonviolence, we believe, is the ONLY way for a sustainable and universal peace.
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Lebanon: xenophobia against Syrians in public schools
Beirut, 31 May 2016 – Each morning, 150 refugee children file in and out of the Jesuit Refugee Service Frans van der Lugt (JRS FVDL) remedial and early childhood educational centre in the busy Bourj Hammoud neighbourhood of Beirut, with another 150 arriving in the afternoon. The idea is to provide extra support to refugee children registered in Lebanese public schools. But in the public school system, Syrian children still find themselves facing many barriers – first and foremost: xenophobia.
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Lebanon: Syrian children need more than a traditional education
Jbeil, Lebanon, 16 December 2015 – Seven-year-old Sami* puts a toy gun to his younger brother's head. He play-shoots his other siblings as they cower to the ground. Pulling out a phone, he points to a photo of a soldier: this, he says, is who he wants to be when he grows up. Sami has seen nothing but war for most of his life. While the past is already written, the future is not. 
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Lebanon: before and after displacement, through a Syrian child's eyes
Jbeil, Lebanon, 20 October 2015 – After living through the trauma of war, most Syrian children need more than a traditional education. These photos show Syrian children holding up drawings which show, in their eyes, what life was like before and after displacement.
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Syria: why people flee and why they need protection
Aleppo, 24 September 2015 – JRS Syria director, Fr Nawras Sammour, talks about what daily life in Syria is like. Impossibly high prices for food and water, daily blackouts and destroyed homes are all too common. His interview shows why Syrians flee, why they need safe and legal paths to access asylum in Europe, and above all, why they desperately need peace in order to rebuild their lives and their country.
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Lebanon: refugee children counting on school
Beirut, 16 July 2015 -- Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon aren't in school. Some have to work to pay the family bills. Others can't go to school because of transportation costs, difficulty registering, or discrimination.
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Syria: let this fourth anniversary of the war be the last
Beirut, 20 March 2015 – We rang in the New Year with whatever hope we could muster from inside and out, from our families, our communities, even from our enemies. We scraped it together, and we shared it among us in small rations, barely enough to go around. We prayed and dreamed that this would be the beginning of the end of the horror; that 2015 would put the past four years behind us and bring the long-awaited end to the blood on our hands – the lost fathers, the grieving mothers, the broken children, the destroyed cities and the squandered aspirations.
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