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Malawi: refugees with albinism find succour in camp
Dzaleka, 28 January 2015 – Many people in the Great Lakes and East Africa regions believe the body parts of people affected with albinism can be used as charms to bring luck and prosperity. Those affected with the lack of pigmentation marking albinism are dehumanized and treated as commodities, causing many to flee here in fear, where other challenges await.
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Former UK Minister for Education to join the Jesuit Refugee Service
Rome, 26 January 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is pleased to announce that former education minister, Sarah Teather MP, will join the International Advocacy team on 1 June 2015. As advocacy adviser, Ms Teather will focus on the provision of education for refugee children the Middle East and South Sudan. Ms Teather will stand down from the British Parliament in May 2015, after 13 years in elected politics. For nearly 12 of these years she represented the London constituency of Brent Central, the most ethnically diverse in the United Kingdom. (Photo: Parliamentary Recording Unit)
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Democratic Republic of Congo: children join armed groups voluntarily
Mweso, 17 January 2015 – "I joined twice, because I had nothing to do," explains Pierre, a 17-year-old former child solider. "The first time was in 2006. The recruiters in the camp promised me food, a job, and a military career. It didn't take much to get me to go into the bush and try my luck."
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Syria: water, the simplest gift of all
Homs, 16 January 2015 – Since the ceasefire for the Old City of Homs was signed early in 2014, Homs has no longer occupied the news headlines from Syria. Recovering and restoring the Old City to any semblance of its former self will take years of reconstruction. In the meantime, those who are able to, have returned to their homes to try rebuild what has been destroyed and reclaim their property.
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Kenya: protection needs increase with refugee influx
Kakuma, 14 January 2015 – Without the opportunity to integrate into Kenyan society due to a strict encampment policy and with low chances of resettlement, most refugees in Kenya spend years living in refugee camps. While they are provided a physical space free from war, camps are not necessarily free from human rights abuses, particularly sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
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South Sudan: if you think education is expensive, try ignorance
Maban, 13 January 2015 – When South Sudan became the world's youngest country in 2011, the literacy rate was a mere 27 percent. To improve this statistic, the education ministry of South Sudan set a high goal: reduce the illiteracy rate by 50 percent by 2015.
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Praying with refugees in the Central African Republic: children suffering an endless nightmare
Bangui, 1 January 2015 – The long-forgotten and -neglected crisis consuming the Central African Republic (CAR) for the last 30 years has spiralled out of control, and the most vulnerable pay the heaviest price. Since 2013, this already fragile country, unable to survive the fall of François Bozize regime, has succumbed to a dictatorship under multiple armed groups which have established a climate of terror and atrocity.
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Malta: 'I have a value, they are doing this for me'
Valletta, 30 December 2014 – Mohammed Idris' contribution is a very personal one. He writes as a refugee who was motivated to join JRS because of the way JRS accompanied him when he was in detention. For Mohammed, his work as a cultural mediator with JRS Malta offered countless practical opportunities to accompany refugees, who often feel lost in a country with a language and culture so foreign to their own. The refugees who need most help are those who are vulnerable, who need to be accompanied with patience and cultural sensitivity.
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Italy: hospitality fosters reconciliation
Rome, 24 December 2014 – In accompanying refugees, we are called to make them feel truly welcome through concrete gestures of solidarity, so that they may find a place where they feel at home, where they are no longer strangers. In his letter to JRS on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the Jesuit Superior General, Adolfo Nicolás SJ, preferred to look not at our "accomplishments" but at the "tapestry of many enduring friendships and partnerships in the mission" woven over the years.
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Zambia: the value of accompaniment
Lusaka, 18 December 2014 – Friendship and compassionate companionship with the most vulnerable provide a powerful type of humanitarian service giving priority to personal accompaniment.
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