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#Do1Thing: My unexpected swimming teachers
Cisaura, 19 January 2018 – Najib is a Hazara who fled Afghanistan for Indonesia. Before arriving in Indonesia, he had no idea how to swim. Now he is learning with help from a few coaches.
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#Do1Thing: Laughter is the best medicine
Bogor, 17 January 2018 – When we think of a medical doctor among refugees, we might be forgiven for assuming that the doctor is there to provide emergency medical treatment.
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#Do1Thing: I share my knowledge with refugees
Cisarua, 15 January 2018 – What Sari has is a little spare time, and the knowledge of her own language, Bahasa Indonesia. This is her gift to Hazara refugees who have
fled Afghanistan for Indonesia.
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#Do1Thing: Helping refugees brings out their potential
Sydney, 14 January 2018 – Junghee lives in central Sydney with her dog Boo, and volunteers as an English teacher at Arrupe Place, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) centre in Parramatta.
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#Do1Thing: Hope for refugees begins with you
Rome, 9 January 2018 – We hear the words “refugee crisis” all the time, and the sheer magnitude of the current situation can leave us feeling powerless and frustrated. Whose responsibility is it to solve the “refugee crisis”? Can anything be done? Whom should I blame for the situation?
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Canada: Creating communities for Canadians and newcomers
Montréal, 5 January 2018 – Following the call in 1980 of Pedro Arrupe SJ, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, to assist the Vietnamese boat people, the Jesuits of French Canada started to sponsor refugees.
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Italy: Dessert and dialogue in Rome
Rome, 2 January 2018 – When Andrea Riccardi invited me to join the Commission for “Religions, Culture, and Integration” in 2012, I did not know how to connect the experience of interreligious dialogue with the challenges of migrants and refugees in Italy.
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Global: Year-end letter from JRS International Director
Rome, 27 December 2017 – The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. Mahatma Gandhi would not give our society high marks for its treatment of forcibly displaced people this year. But in the midst of xenophobia and closing borders, there is hope.
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South Africa: Empowering women at JRS Arrupe Centres
Johannesburg, 22 December 2017 – In South Africa, host to one of the largest populations of urban refugees in the world, JRS runs two centres for women refugees and asylum seekers.
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Uganda: Peacebuilding brings together refugees and host communities
Adjumani, 19 December 2017 – “We need our community to transform and change to a peaceful community where there should be no violent conflict,” says Bosco Geri, a 28-year-old community leader in the Pagirinya, a refugee settlement in northern Uganda.
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