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Chad: Darfur refugees find hope in education
Washington, DC, 30 June 2015 – In Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad, the Jesuit Refugee Service is expanding our partnership with Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) and has started a new programme in the camp that will eventually offer an online, university-level diploma programme.
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United States: legal challenges facing Central American migrants
Washington, DC, 22 June 2015 – In recognition of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 Jesuit law schools announce A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants. The report highlights Jesuit law school efforts to assist Central Americans in need, and challenges faced in delivering these services.
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Kenya and Italy: we choose hope
Rome, 20 June 2015 – "Opposing the war in Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr, said 'a time comes when silence is betrayal,'" writes Kenyan refugee Antony Mukui. "That time has come regarding the refugee crisis. The time has come for all of us to not only speak up, but to act and 'Push forward, not back.'"
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South Africa: shining a light in xenophobia's darkness
Johannesburg, 19 June 2015 – If it were not for ignorance, Qamar and Ali's home and business would still be standing today. Ignorance to what these two men – and others seeking refuge within South Africa – went through led people to loot and ransack their shops. This ignorance strips us of our empathy and allows myths regarding migrants to persist.
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Australia: any door will do when you're in danger
Kings Cross, New South Wales, 18 June 2015 – Following the decisions by Indonesia and Malaysia to provide temporary refuge for 7,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi forced migrants pending "resettlement and repatriation" by the international community, Prime Minister Tony Abbott's response to the question of resettlement of some of these people in Australia was "nope, nope, nope."
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Kenya: journey to self-reliance
Nairobi, 17 June 2015 – As countries around the globe continually implement policies to push back and exclude migrants and refugees, they are missing out on a vital opportunity to push their communities forward. Kenya is no exception.
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World Refugee Day: push forward, not back
Rome, 15 June 2015 – For World Refugee Day this weekend, the Jesuit Refugee Service urges you to remember that the key to change is within each of us. While governments decide to accept or reject refugees, only we have the power to truly welcome them. We must change our fixed view of refugees as 'the other.'
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Uganda: early childhood education encourages integration
Kampala, 8 June 2015 – Despite the importance of early education to their cognitive, social and emotional development, extreme poverty and discrimination hinders the full development of millions of children. This is especially true for refugee children. Yet the reality is, when made accessible, early education can work wonders.
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South Africa: xenophobia – a crime against humanity
Johannesburg, 5 June 2015 – Xenophobia is once again rearing its ugly head in our country. Media sensationalism and denial amongst leadership and the police paint the recent attacks as acts of criminality and not xenophobia. This is hard to argue but there is a half-truth: an attack on foreigners in South Africa is indeed an attack on South Africans, and all they stand for, and this is criminal.
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France: inside the border
Paris, 5 June 2015 – Around midday, Reporters Without Borders alert us that they have no news about a Syrian journalist, who was due to arrive in Marseille. I call the police, who let me know the journalist is being kept in the waiting area of the airport; he has not crossed the border yet. I go to visit him and realise that he is due to be sent back in the evening and that he did not ask for asylum.
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