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Spain-Morocco: borders before people
Madrid, 2 September 2014 – A special report 'Lives at the Southern Borders' based on two fact-finding missions to the Spanish borders with Morocco, calls on the Spanish government and the European Union to put human rights before border security. The report and recommendations were submitted to the Spanish Ombudsman at the end of July.
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Praying with Refugees in North Kivu: singing together to the Lord
Masisi, 1 September 2014 – How can we challenge ourselves to pray in a way that gives room to the refugees and displaced persons in our communities? There is a call for change to welcome the displaced in our world. What are my personal commitments towards that? How can I, as a member of a host community, express solidarity for and show hospitality to others?
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USA: Jesuit hospitality?
Boston, 28 August 2014 – Hospitality is not one of, say, the first dozen descriptions that come to mind to define the Jesuits. Although Jesuits are polite and welcoming, our propensity for service leads us often to be away from our own homes and communities. Often enough, you can arrive at a Jesuit community only to find no one at home. If you want religious hospitality, go to a Benedictine monastery. The Benedictines will be at home and they'll treat you like God!
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South Africa: a reciprocity that comes alive
Johannesburg, 21 August 2014 – We are told that accompaniment lies at the heart of JRS work. But what is it exactly? For me the word conjures up an image of walking alongside the people we work for and with. It entails trying to engender a relationship different to that of service provider-to-beneficiary, clinician-to-patient. In so doing we often venture across the barriers of religion, culture, language and economic status.
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Indonesia: an encounter of endless mutual learning
Bogor, 14 August 2014 – "Please remember us". I still recall these words that a young detainee told me in 2009, at the end of my first visit to an immigration detention centre in Indonesia.
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South Sudan: innocence suffers in conflict
Maban, 13 August 2014 — Alvar and I, the two new Jesuit members of the Jesuit Refugee Service team here, arrived in Maban (Upper Nile state) almost a month ago. More than 127,000 refugees from Sudan came here in late 2011 — early 2012, and are living in four very large camps in a precarious situation.
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JRS Australia urges regional response to forced migration
Kings Cross, 12 August 2014 – Jesuit Refugee Service says the need for cross-border and regional collaboration on refugees has never been greater, and Australia has the potential to play a leading role in the development of a regional response to forced migration in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Democratic Republic of the Congo: out of sight, out of mind
Masisi, 7 August 2014 – In this poignant essay, Inés Oleaga shows how accompanying forcibly displaced people can be a very practical way of protecting them and of showing them that they have not been forgotten by all, despite evidence to the contrary.
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Spotlight on famine crisis in South Sudan
(Washington, D.C.) August 6, 2014 — Whether the severe humanitarian food crisis in South Sudan is a "phase four humanitarian emergency" or a "phase five famine" does not matter much to the 1.6 million South Sudanese who have been displaced by the political and ethnic firestorm that has torn the world's newest country apart since last December.
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