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Italy: Young refugees represent hope for a peaceful future
Rome, 16 January 2017 - On the occasion of the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, many refugees, volunteers and friends of JRS Italy - Centro Astalli met Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
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Cameroon: Reconciliation through income-generating projects
Boubara, 11 January 2017 - Reconciliation - understood as the restoration of social cohesion through socio-economic development - offers the opportunity to gather communities around common projects. All parties are thus involved in activities related to the common good, rather than centred on particular or individual interests.
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Thailand: They just don't want us next door
9 January 2017 - The room is a room—not an apartment, not a flat, but mere four walls and an entrance door that never seems to shut well. They have been renting it for the better part of the last two years, yet there is no furniture to speak of.
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Kakuma: psychosocial care for vulnerable children
Kakuma, 3 January 2017 – Children in the context of a refugee camp, an urban setting, or any other location around the world fall into a category of individuals who are extremely vulnerable. Simply looking at their status in the world will identify that. They are unable to make decisions on their own, and have to depend on others in order to survive.
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End of year message from the International Director
2016 has been memorable for shadows and lights. One shadow hovering over our world is the reality of 65 million refugees and displaced people - the highest number in our history. We are all acutely aware of places like Aleppo and Athens. Yet JRS also works where those on the move are off the radar.
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Central African Republic: Living in the factory
Bambari, 27 December 2017 - Some two hours from Bambari, the second largest town in the Central African Republic, a group of about 5000 workers in a sugar factory, fearing for their lives, have occupied the factory. Their homes are less than 2 kms away, but they had to leave them a few months ago, fleeing from machetes and burning houses and nobody dares return.
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Syria: JRS calls for safe passage and security to all civilian population in Aleppo
Beirut, 23 December 2016 - The escalation of violence with the continued shelling in Aleppo (both in the eastern and western parts) for the
greater part of the last couple of months, has been a cause of great concern to the Jesuit Refugee Service.
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Syria: Laila, art is in her heart
Beirut, 21 December 2016 - Al- Zabadani is a beautiful and popular hill town in South western Syria not far from the Lebanon border. For almost five years now it has been a battleground between rebels and the Syrian Army. This picturesque town now stands ravaged with several of its inhabitants seeking refuge in other safer zones in Syria or in another country.
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Syria: JRS serves displaced in Aleppo - UPDATE 20 December 2016
Beirut, 20 December 2016 — The people of Aleppo continue to live in an environment of violence even as more people are evacuated from Foah and Kafraya to the collective shelters in the Jibreen areas.
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Europe, Journeys of Hope postscript: Longing for life
Brussels, 20 December 2016 – In this post-script to our Journeys of Hope series, Danielle Vella pays tribute to Behzad, a 28-year-old refugee from Afghanistan who lost his life in a tragic accident in Austria.
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