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Kenya: 'they want me to be silent'
Kakuma, 6 February 2016 – I am a 25-year-old Somali woman living in Kenya. I am a refugee activist working to counter sexual violence in my community. Here in Kakuma refugee camp, many young girls, especially Somali girls, under the age of 16 or so have undergone female genital mutilation. They really suffer from this. Infections are common, women can die in child birth and they suffer from a lot of pain. I've seen the consequences and felt this pain myself.


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World leaders in London must deliver transformational new deal for Syrian refugees and host countries
London, 3 February 2016 -- World leaders in London this week for a high-level conference on Syria must commit to an ambitious and transformational new multi-billion dollar deal for Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them in the region, a global coalition of more than ninety humanitarian and human rights groups said today.
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Europe: protect refugees, a collective responsibility
Rome, 3 February 2016 -- The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is seriously concerned by the disjointed reaction and arbitrary and deleterious security measures EU Member States have adopted as a response to the numbers of people fleeing to Europe these last few weeks. Refoulement and the closing of borders are among the most serious violations of treaties and conventions signed by the EU and Member States.
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Cambodia: mixed migration, protection for all
Siam Reap, Cambodia, 2 February 2016 – "I have a very strong belief that the consequence of mercy, charity, and love is justice," said Sr Denise Coghlan RSM, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Cambodia.
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Iraq: a tale of two women
Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 1 February 2016 -- In the events hall of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Community Centre in Ozal, two women, Fidá and Souad are sitting and smiling while they listen attentively to the psychologist who is giving a lecture for JRS' awareness sessions on how to manage stress. These sessions are offered to around 40 women living in Ozal, a residential complex in northern Iraq where about 1,700 families of internally displaced people live.
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Global: a call to put an end to the suffering in Syria
Rome, 27 January 2015 -- Three years ago, the leaders of UN humanitarian agencies issued an urgent appeal to those who could end the conflict in Syria. They called for every effort to save the Syrian people. "Enough", they said, of the suffering and bloodshed. That was three years ago. Now, the war is approaching its sixth brutal year. The bloodshed continues. The suffering deepens.
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Cambodia: Montagnard refugees receive protection and a fair case
Phnom Penh, 22 January 2016 – In this historic period where the world is seeing millions of forcibly displaced people on the move, and countries breaching their obligations under international law to protect them, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is glad to see that a group of ethnic Vietnamese Montagnard refugees will have access to a fair asylum process in Cambodia.
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Global: opening the doors, World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Vatican City, 18 January 2016 – Yesterday, for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis greeted more than 6,000 refugees and migrants of at least 30 different nationalities in St Peter's Square, recognising the individual value each brings to his or her new community. He encouraged those gathered to not allow life's challenges to deny them hope and joy.
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Myanmar: historic elections, is it safe for refugees to return?
Mae Hong Son, Thailand, 13 January 2016 -- In November 2015, Myanmar held its first national vote since a nominally civilization government was established in 2011, concluding nearly 50 years of military rule. Since the elections, there has been a wave of optimism for national reconciliation, which may allow for repatriation of Burmese refugees who fled to camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border decades ago.
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Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – Yesterday, Pope Francis spoke out for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be celebrated on 17 January. In his speech, "Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy," the Pope says that refugees and migrants are "people whose dignity is to be protected and who are capable of contributing to progress and the general welfare."
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