Hospitality on the frontiers
We Jesuits believe that opening one's door to the displaced is not only a Christian value, but a human one that recognises the claim that all of us have to be welcomed, not because we are members of a specific family, race or faith community, but simply because we are human beings who deserve welcome and respect. Responding to these diverse needs, we often overlook what human beings share in common, our need as individuals and communities to be loved and to love. Hospitality is essential to accompany refugees seeking asylum from persecution, war and natural disasters. Read more

Zambia: the value of accompaniment
Lusaka, 18 December 2014 – Friendship and compassionate companionship with the most vulnerable provide a powerful type of humanitarian service giving priority to personal accompaniment.
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South Africa: the contribution of faith-based organisations working with the displaced
Johannesburg, 11 December 2014 – Faith-based organisations take from their religious traditions both strong motivations and access to a long history of thinking concerning social and political issues. This can make them ideally placed to fill the gaps in the implementation of human rights.
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Rome: testimony of a Syrian refugee in Italy, Tareq
Rome, 20 November 2014 My name is Tareq, and I'm 28 years of age. I'm Syrian from Damascus. Today, I'm a refugee in Italy. In Syria, I studied languages at university. I left my home city shortly after I graduated to avoid compulsory conscription. I didn't want to go to war. I hate weapons. That way, I had no alternative but to flee and seek asylum.
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Rome: hope and fear – testimony of a Syria Jesuit
Rome, 20 November 2014 – When the uprising began in Syria, there was great hope and fear. Syrians of all colours knew reform was vital, but that it would come at a heavy cost. Some were hopeful and encouraged the reform movement, others, more fearful, resisted it. There was extremism and moderation in both camps.
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Rome: a sign of God’s presence
Rome, 20 November 2014 – It is a great honour for the Jesuit Refugee Service to have Fr General Nicolás among us to commemorate this most symbolic day. Our gratitude goes also to Fr Lombardi, to Vatican Radio and to all those whose presence have made this gathering possible today.
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Rome: let's open the door to asylum seekers
Rome, 20 November 2014 – In a time when the cries of innocent victims of grave humanitarian crises fleeing war and persecution can be heard close to our borders, the response of Europe and Italy has never been more hesitant and contradictory.
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France: longing for a space to call home
Paris, 24 July 2014 – When I want to take a shower, I look at my body. For example here, this is from a cigarette. My hand is broken. You can see they used acid to burn off the tattoo I got for my mother.
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South Africa: space to heal in an unequal society
Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 – Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start.
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Lebanon: space to learn
Beirut, 3 July 2014 – How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? Lebanon, a country of four million in 2010 is now hosting more than a million Syrian refugees, roughly half are school-aged. A country that is roughly the size of Delaware, or quarter the size of Switzerland – is at its widest point, only 70 km across.
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Malawi: space to become community leaders
Dzaleka, 2 July 2014 – While most of the 18,000 people living in Dzaleka camp dream of leaving, 23 refugees have taken the initiative to turn this not-so-temporary camp into a community.
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