where we work
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. It is recognised as one of the three core planks upon which the JRS identity and praxis is built. Yet, at the same time, it seems to be a value that somehow lies outside the core of typically conceived project work.
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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, Australia) August 12, 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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Praying with Refugees in Afghanistan: even after the darkest night there will be a new day
Rome, 1 August 2014 – Two months have passed since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, the Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 kilometers from Herat city in western Afghanistan.
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International: Thomas Smolich SJ to become Jesuit Refugee Service Director in 2015
Rome, 29 July 2014 — As president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States for the last eight years, Tom Smolich SJ has traveled to the far corners of the world as the US Jesuit liaison to the global Society of Jesus. With his new assignment as the next international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Fr Smolich will need to free up pages in his passport.
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