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Ethiopia: dancers bring rhythm to their lives in exile
Mai Aini, 20 July 2016 – Luwam was once at the centre of her nation's spotlight. In Asmara, as a member of the national dance team, she performed for government officials and her fellow citizens at national celebrations, receiving cheers and accolades for her captivating talent.
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Rome: the Jesuit Refugee Service International presents its 2015 Annual Report
Rome, 8 July 2016 – In 2015, the Jesuit Refugee Service reaffirmed its commitment to education with the Global Education Initiative and the launch of the Mercy in Motion campaign. Last year, JRS served 724,551 people, 141,333 through education projects. Recognising education is a concrete and durable solution to build more resilient communities, JRS aims to increase this number by 100,000 people by 2020.
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Uganda: a rising rap star advocates for a welcoming world
Kampala, 8 July 2016 - As a teenager, Alino dreamed of being a hip hop artist in Congo, where music is the pulse of the country. But like many young people, family demands and expectations that Alino pursue a more stable career put his dreams on hold while he studied petroleum chemistry in a prestigious Congolese university. Never did Alino think that he'd be a rising rap star, and never did he dream it would be while living in exile in Kampala, Uganda.
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Ethiopia: Eritrean refugee faces challenges with grace
Addis Ababa, 5 July 2016 -- Selam Gebru is an Eritrean refugee who fled her homeland seeking safety eight years ago. A single mother of an autistic child, Selam holds two university degrees. She spoke with JRS about the challenges she faces as a refugee, and the long road to a hoped for resettlement to the United States.
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World Refugee Day West Africa: learning to move on
Yaounde, 29 June 2016 - In 2003, refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) began fleeing to Cameroon to escape violence between armed factions who were looting and burning entire villages, kidnapping and killing thousands of people in the process. Approximately 90,000 people from CAR fled to Cameroon during that time, and were welcomed into approximately 300 villages. Most arrived having lost everything.
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Kenya: Somali refugees struggle in the shadow of forced return, a Refugees Deeply feature
Nairobi, 27 June 2016 – Angela Wells, JRS Eastern Africa Communications Officer, writes for Refugees Deeply on the devastating consequences of the Kenyan government's newest restrictions on refugees.
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World Refugee Day Europe: I Get You
Brussels, 20 June 2016 - For World Refugee Day, we celebrate two months of our 'I Get You' campaign. In that time, you have told us your stories and shared experiences of local activities run together with refugees. 'I Get You' goes to the very heart of World Refugee Day: it's about people with diverse backgrounds learning and having fun together.
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World Refugee Day Southern Africa: advocating for education
Johannesburg, 23 June 2016 -- Conflict, war and persecution drive people away from their homes, all too often, with only the clothes on their backs and whatever other possessions they could grab before fleeing. In recognition of these challenges, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Southern Africa ensures that education remains an essential part of rebuilding the lives of displaced people and has witnessed the fact that education irrefutably unlocks potential.
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World Refugee Day Middle East: beating the odds
Beirut, 22 June 2016 -- The Syrian conflict is in its sixth year. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), there are today 4.8 million Syrians who are refugees and an additional 6.5 million are displaced within Syria itself. More than half of these (52%) are children. Tasnim, is one of them. This eight-year old child today lives in Lebanon with her family.
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VIDEO: World Refugee Day 2016 -- open minds, unlock potential
Rome, 20 June 2016 – As human beings, we are at the mercy of nature, at the mercy of governments, at the mercy of leaders, at the mercy of war. We are at the mercy of forces beyond our control. These forces have caused an unprecedented 60 million people  – mothers, fathers, sisters and children – to flee their homes. Imagine the entire country of Italy in motion: taking trucks, rafts, footpaths and trains; taking children, blankets, clothing and, most often, taking nothing.
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