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France: Opening doors, horizons and minds
Paris, 22 May 2017 – As France recently elected its new President, the director of JRS France, Antoine Paumard SJ, looks back on a year full of new challenges, but also new hope for greater collaboration and hospitality for refugees from civil society.
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Cameroon: Reconciliation through income-generating projects
Boubara, 11 January 2017 - Reconciliation - understood as the restoration of social cohesion through socio-economic development - offers the opportunity to gather communities around common projects. All parties are thus involved in activities related to the common good, rather than centred on particular or individual interests.
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Italy: A journey of faith through displacement
Rome, 7 December 2016 - Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, speaking in Geneva in December 2012, said "for the vast majority of uprooted people there are few things as powerful as their faiths in helping them cope with fear, loss, separation and destitution."
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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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Video: Asia Pacific, when home is not a safe place
Bangkok, 1 July 2014 – JRS Asia Pacific team members surveyed tourists and JRS staff in Bangkok about where they feel safe and how their experience compares to that of the approximately 8,000 refugees seeking safety in Bangkok right now.
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Jordan: space to be together
Irbid, 27 June 2014 – In an unassuming building on a quiet street in Irbid, you'll find Syrian mothers dressed alike in heavy black coats and hijabs chatting around a conference table over bread and coffee while their children attend kindergarten in the room next door. It's crammed, but they are used to it now, many living in crowded apartments since they arrived in Jordan.
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Central African Republic: safe spaces for children amid the chaos
Bangui, 25 June 2014 – JRS has set up safe spaces for children in a site for internally displaced people (IDPs) in battered Bangui. Teachers have been recruited and temporary sheds for classes and other activities were erected in early February in the camp at the Monastery of Boy Rabe.
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