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Angola: 17 years later
Fr Thomas H. Smolich SJ, International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), reflects on his trip to Angola where he visited JRS projects in Viana and Dundo.
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Myanmar: Providing love and learning through education
Myitkyina, 13 July 2018 Roi San, a 24-year old woman, is serving as a volunteer teacher at a Catholic school in the town of Myitkyina in Myanmar’s Kachin State. She began teaching in this school two years ago after graduating from a JRS-supported teacher training course.
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Colombia: The challenges of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis
Bogotá, 10 July 2018 – An estimated fifty thousand people cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia daily. As of December 2017, according to data from Colombia’s central immigration authority (Migración Colombia), over half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Colombia.
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Cameroon: The leading women of Ketté
Yaoundé, 6 July 2018 – I was given the wonderful opportunity to visit the refugee camps where JRS works in the Ketté region of eastern Cameroon. It was a trip amongst beautiful green jungles, through washed-out bridges, and over countless crevice-like ruts.
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Europe: Three years after the EU Migration Agenda – report launch
Brussels, 3 July 2018 – In “Forgotten at the gates of Europe,” JRS Europe documents how migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees experience Europe’s external borders.
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Bangladesh: Psychosocial support for Rohingya children
Cox’s Bazaar, 29 June 2018 – Joint JRS and Caritas staff particpated in a pyschosocial support workshop in preparation of the launch of six child friendly spaces (CFS) in Teknaf refugee camp, Bangladesh.
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USA: JRS Calls for Recognition of the Rights and Dignity of Children and Families Seeking Asylum
Washington, 27 June 2018 – JRS/USA urges the U.S. Government to take necessary action to ensure that asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. are not criminally punished for trying to seek protection.
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Lebanon: Returning to childhood
Beirut, 25 June 2018 – The sound of elated voices can be heard down the street. Joyful exclamations and laughs bounce between building and back alley. These are the sounds of children at recess: playing house or make-believe, spinning tops, and climbing on jungle-gyms.
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Chad: To be a child again
Goz Beïda, 22 June 2018 – More than half of school-aged refugee children in Chad are not enrolled in school.  Many of the more than 100,000 unenrolled children were born in refugee camps after their families fled conflict in their native Darfur.
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World Refugee Day: 4 Words to Open the World
Rome, 20 June 2018 Pope Francis has urged the global community to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.
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