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Democratic Republic of Congo: support access to secondary education
Masisi, 25 May 2017- For Saint Ignatius, education was the gateway to the path that leads to God, but crossing the threshold of this gateway is far from easy in today’s world. In the Jesuit tradition, we have gained extensive experience over the centuries, experience which tells us that human beings reach their full potential only when their intellectual development is fully stimulated. 
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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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Angola: Thousands of refugees from DRC in urgent need of assistance
Dundo, 17 May 2017 - “The situation here is desperately urgent. Thousands of Congolese are fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo and seeking refuge in neighbouring Angola,” reports Tim Smith, JRS Regional Director of Southern Africa, from his visit to north east Angola.
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Sri Lanka: A tribute to years of service
Colombo, 15 May 2017 - “Although almost paralysed, it was clear that Fr Arrupe wanted to ask me a question but could not find the words, so Br Bandera, the infirmarian, brought him paper and pencil. With his left hand, Fr Arrupe shakily drew a map of India, then the droplet shape of the island next to it. By pointing to the island, clearly he was asking me, ‘What is JRS doing to help the people of Sri Lanka?’”
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Iraq: Accompanying the Yazidis
Erbil, 11 May 2017 - April 19th was New Year’s Day for the Yazidis. It was a joy to meet with some of them in Sarsink in the Dohuk District of Iraq on that day, to greet them with a “Jajna ta Piroz”. Each family had a tray laden with several bowls filled with cookies, boiled eggs with their shells colourfully painted, candies, fruits, and for good measure, a packet of cigarettes too!
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Latin America: education is essential for the development of the person and the community
Bogota, 8 May 2017 - For the commemoration of Global Action Week for Education, the JRS in Latin America and the Caribbean shares its stance on the importance of the right to education for refugees and displaced persons in the countries in which it is present, as well as on the obstacles encountered in enjoying that right.
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Malawi: Salama Africa empowers refugee youth
Dzaleka, 5 May 2017 - Alain and Toussaint excitedly exchanged stories and laughs as they talked about Salama Africa, an organization they helped start that empowers youth in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. The group has started a nationally ranked dance group, football teams, and various art classes to help refugee children keep their minds and bodies active. 
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Central African Republic: Serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation
Bangui, 3 May 2017 - The INGOs, members of the Coordination Committee, who are signatories of this note, express their serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation, as well as its impacts as regards human rights violations, humanitarian access to vulnerable populations, the upsurge in needs as well as their own resources and response capacities.
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Iraq: Determined to build a new life
Erbil, 02 May 2017 - There is a steely determination in Zozan. As you listen to this 25-year old woman, you know she will go places. She shares what she would like to do most in life: to learn new languages and to travel to distant lands. 
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Myanmar & Thailand: Weaving the future by fostering understanding
Mae Hong Son, 27 April 2017 - The future is never an easy question to deal with, mostly because it is unknown territory for most of us, and I can see that clearly after I met refugees in the Mae Hong Son camps. I saw their dejected faces and they felt emotionally downhearted when I met and talked with them.
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