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Supporting Somali refugees
Ethiopia: helping refugees cope with camp life (video)
Washington DC, 30 April 2013 — Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia is home to more than 13,500 refugees from neighbouring Eritrea. The Jesuit Refugee Service provides counselling and recreational services to the camp residents, and provides a library and study space to help the refugees cope.
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Ethiopia: Dollo Ado construction moves to completion
Dollo Ado, 26 October 2012 – Impressively positioned over a section of Melkadida camp, is the recently completed Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) multi-purpose hall. Built to provide refugees in Dollo Ado with a space for indoor sports, the hall is the largest building for thousands of square kilometres. Construction work has moved quickly over recent months, with a new school being the latest development.
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Ethiopia: Dollo Ado, one year on
Dollo Ado, 17 October 2012 – The deeper we travelled towards the southeastern Ethiopian-Somali border, the hotter it became. Our tents became excruciatingly hot during the day; and when it rained, they flooded. This was the challenging reality of a Jesuit Refugee Service team member in Melkadida camp when the Dollo Ado project first began operations in November 2011.
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Ethiopia: refugees flee Somalia seeking security
Dollo Ado, 16 June 2012 – The Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs told the Jesuit Refugee Service recently that the flow of refugees from Somalia into the Dollo Ado area has increased from about 300 a week to 1,000 a week. The refugees said they are given a stark choice in their homeland: give up a son to militants, or pay with livestock or cash to be left alone.
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Ethiopia: recreation eases difficulty of camp life
Dollo Ado, 3 May 2012 – My first experience with refugees was in Mai-Aini camp in northwest Ethiopia. I worked with Jesuit Refugee Service as a Sports and Recreational Activities Officer there for just under a year. Eighty percent of the camp residents were young, male Eritrean refugees, most of whom had fled their country for political reasons. The life-affirming challenges I met there prepared me for my current role in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia.
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Ethiopia: Playing, dancing and learning in Dollo Ado
Dollo Ado, 7 March 2012 - Last year in August 2011, the children in Melkadida refugee camp, Dollo Ado were struggling to survive. They were on the verge of death. I witnessed their agony and I saw the many pits in graveyards prepared in advance. Now, six months later, life is different and I am happy to watch them playing, dancing, laughing and learning.
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Ethiopia: activities underway in Dollo Ado, more to start soon
Dollo Ado, 18 January 2012 – Towards the end of 2011, JRS officially opened the first phase of its latest project, offering long-term assistance to Somali refugees in Melkadida camp, Dollo Ado, through education services, psychosocial counselling, and sports and recreational activities for young people. JRS seeks to provide tangible skills to Somali refugees in Melkadida camp ensuring their time spent in exile is not wasted.
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Ethiopia: new projects to open within a few weeks
Nairobi, 23 August 2011 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has confirmed its plans to establish new projects in Dollo Ado camps in Ethiopia. JRS will send a team to work in the area in the coming weeks and start as soon as possible to provide educational and psychosocial support to the refugee population.
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Ethiopia: JRS to help Somali refugee children
Nairobi/Dollo Ado, 16 August 2011 – JRS Eastern Africa Director, Frido Pflueger SJ, just came back from a visit to the Dollo Ado refugee camps in south-east Ethiopia. In an interview he describes his impressions of the situation on the ground and explains how JRS will become involved.
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Kenya: fleeing insecurity and starvation, 17 years on
Kakuma, 3 August 2011 – Twenty-seven year-old Ahmed* from Somalia has lived in Kakuma refugee camp, north-west Kenya since 2004. As tens of thousands are fleeing drought and conflict in Somalia, he remembers what made him flee 17 years ago.
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