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Colombia: Red Hand Day, education is protection
Cúcuta, Colombia, 12 February 2016 – In Colombia, children and adolescents are at risk of armed recruitment; for those who have been forcibly displaced, this risk is compounded. Education protects children from the risk of recruitment, providing children and adolescents with not only a safe space to stay, but opportunities and alternatives for their future.
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South Sudan: education in response to a grave emergency
Nairobi, 11 February 2016 –"I've lived through three decades of war and I've never experienced as much violence as I did a few weeks ago," said South Sudanese Sister Elizabeth Waraga, Jesuit Refugee Service Education Coordinator working in Yambio, South Sudan. Last month heavy gun fire between government and opposition forces rained on the small South Sudanese town of Yambio and Sister Elizabeth and her colleagues hid for hours.
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Global: International Day of Prayer and Awareness for Human Trafficking
Rome, 8 February 2016 – The millions of refugees who cross international borders seeking protection often find themselves in danger and devoid of the human rights guaranteed to them by international law. Whether en-route through lawless territory, struggling to survive in under-resourced camps or homeless in inhospitable urban centres, many refugees are ripe for exploitation by criminal groups.
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Kenya: 'they want me to be silent'
Kakuma, 6 February 2016 – I am a 25-year-old Somali woman living in Kenya. I am a refugee activist working to counter sexual violence in my community. Here in Kakuma refugee camp, many young girls, especially Somali girls, under the age of 16 or so have undergone female genital mutilation. They really suffer from this. Infections are common, women can die in child birth and they suffer from a lot of pain. I've seen the consequences and felt this pain myself.
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World leaders in London must deliver transformational new deal for Syrian refugees and host countries
London, 3 February 2016 -- World leaders in London this week for a high-level conference on Syria must commit to an ambitious and transformational new multi-billion dollar deal for Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them in the region, a global coalition of more than ninety humanitarian and human rights groups said today.
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Europe: protect refugees, a collective responsibility
Rome, 3 February 2016 -- The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is seriously concerned by the disjointed reaction and arbitrary and deleterious security measures EU Member States have adopted as a response to the numbers of people fleeing to Europe these last few weeks. Refoulement and the closing of borders are among the most serious violations of treaties and conventions signed by the EU and Member States.
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Cambodia: mixed migration, protection for all
Siam Reap, Cambodia, 2 February 2016 – "I have a very strong belief that the consequence of mercy, charity, and love is justice," said Sr Denise Coghlan RSM, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Cambodia.
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Iraq: a tale of two women
Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 1 February 2016 -- In the events hall of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Community Centre in Ozal, two women, Fidá and Souad are sitting and smiling while they listen attentively to the psychologist who is giving a lecture for JRS' awareness sessions on how to manage stress. These sessions are offered to around 40 women living in Ozal, a residential complex in northern Iraq where about 1,700 families of internally displaced people live.
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Global: a call to put an end to the suffering in Syria
Rome, 27 January 2015 -- Three years ago, the leaders of UN humanitarian agencies issued an urgent appeal to those who could end the conflict in Syria. They called for every effort to save the Syrian people. "Enough", they said, of the suffering and bloodshed. That was three years ago. Now, the war is approaching its sixth brutal year. The bloodshed continues. The suffering deepens.
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Cambodia: Montagnard refugees receive protection and a fair case
Phnom Penh, 22 January 2016 – In this historic period where the world is seeing millions of forcibly displaced people on the move, and countries breaching their obligations under international law to protect them, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is glad to see that a group of ethnic Vietnamese Montagnard refugees will have access to a fair asylum process in Cambodia.
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