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With a global staff of more than 1,500 worldwide, the Jesuit Refugee Service is a key source for journalists who seek information on the latest issues on forced displacement in the world. Journalists visiting this site have access to press releases, latest news affecting refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, updates from JRS projects and activities, speeches, special features and more.

JRS programmes are implemented through more than 50 country offices and a large network of partners, and annually benefit more than 500,000 people worldwide.

Our global network of regional communications officers, based throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, can provide updates in emergencies and access to field staff.

Regional staff can lend insight into JRS programmes and advocacy priorities and provide detailed information on current global crises.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact our communications staff.

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Iraq: the Jesuit Refugee Service in Iraqi Kurdistan, winter imperils displaced families
Erbil, 11 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has established a project in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kuridstan region, to provide assistance to recently displaced people. Unprecedented numbers of families and individuals have been displaced across Iraq and Syria as the Islamic State has spread in recent months.
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Video: counselling services help refugees in Kakuma begin to heal
Washington DC, 6 October 2014 — One of the objectives of the Jesuit Refugee Service programmes in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya is to improve the psychological well-being of and the reduction of stress-related health problems of refugees at the camp.
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Malawi: a ticket to hope, graduation of online university students in Dzaleka refugee camp
Dzaleka, 6 October 2014 – Only a few years ago, the idea of offering higher education in refugee camps would have been considered almost inconceivable. Yet today the graduation ceremony in Dzaleka camp has become an annual event. This occasion, said Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International Director, Peter Balleis SJ, was as a celebration of 'normality'.
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Kenya: graduates celebrate past achievements and hopeful futures in Kakuma refugee camp
Kakuma, 29 September 2014 – A busy road in Kakuma refugee camp comes alive with shops selling vivacious Tanzanian fabrics, Ethiopian cafes serving espresso shots, families collecting remittances at Somali banks and a micro-version of a university campus offering online higher education to talented refugees.
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Kenya/ Malawi: refugee graduates work, study and serve their communities
Rome, 22 September 2014 – For the second consecutive year, refugee students in camps in Kenya and Malawi will graduate from an online Liberal Arts Diploma programme managed by Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins (JC:HEM). JRS has found that most graduates are likely to find employment or continue their studies, and nearly all the students engage in service to their communities.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: entrepreneurs cycle to make a living
Goma, 26 February 2014 — Many people in eastern Congo move from camp to camp in search of safety. This repeated displacement disrupts lives, support networks and family ties. Access to the land is hindered, as is their ability to earn a living.
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Thailand: providing vital services to people in detention
Washington DC, 27 January 2014 — A grant from the J. Homer Butler Foundation has enabled Jesuit Refugee Service to provide medical care to detainees in Thailand's largest immigration detention centre, IDC Bangkok, which on any given day holds an average of 1,000 detainees.
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Central African Republic: despite insecurity, JRS teams return
Rome, 4 July 2013 – Three months after being forced to abandon the Central African Republic (CAR), JRS teams finally returned to the country in June. Despite ongoing insecurity, the Jesuit Refugee Service has opened a new project benefiting 16,000 children from conflict-affected districts of the capital, Bangui.
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Central African Republic: projects suspended and staff evacuated
Yaoundé, 27 March 2013 – JRS staff were forced to evacuate the Central African Republic (CAR) and suspend projects for the second time in three months due to worsening conflict between government forces and the Séleka rebel coalition.
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Rwanda: after 17 years along Congolese refugees, JRS withdraws from the country
Bujumbura, 15 March 2013 – In late January the Jesuit Refugee Service has closed its project in Rwanda after 17 years of accompaniment of the nearly 40,000 refugees from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing an end some of the oldest JRS projects in world.
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India: Afghan students practice their English skills in New Delhi visit
New Delhi, 12 February 2013 – Tuesday at Humayun's Tomb might have looked like any class trip with students singing on the bus, teachers telling students to stay together and respect the monuments. But for these 32 teenagers, it was their first time outside of Afghanistan, and a real opportunity to use the English they have been learning over the past four years.
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Burundi: JRS closes food security projects, guaranteed long-term impact
Bujumbura, 6 February 2013 – When she returned home to Burundi, after 16 years as a refugee in a camp in Tanzania, Astérie Kantore realised she had lost everything her family possessed before the war. She no longer had a house and felt like a foreigner in what was once her own community. She would have to rebuild her life from zero.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: after the war, signs of peace and reconciliation in Masisi
Bujumbura, 30 January 2013 – After months of bitter conflict, intercommunity tensions and dozens of dead in Masisi in eastern Congo, there is an atmosphere of relative calm and a renewed sense of hope between local communities. The mass participation of teachers and students in the workshop on teaching methods is a concrete sign of this desire to start over.
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Eastern Africa: In memory of Angelo Lagu, director of JRS South Sudan
Nairobi, 15 December 2012 – It is with profound sadness that Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa announces the sudden and tragic demise of our colleague Angelo Lagu, JRS South Sudan Country Director.
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Latin America: In memory of Acacio Belandria, Jesuit priest and symbol of the struggle for human rights
Bogota, 11 December 2012 – Yesterday was the day to commemorate the global struggle for human rights; a day to mark the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a commitment to preventing atrocities of war. On this day it is necessary to extend this commitment to other areas of human relationships, in which disputes over natural and economic resources are attacking the well-being of humankind. Thus, a call to hospitality and respect among peoples must prevail to renew the commitment to human rights.
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Global: JRS 32 years on, continues to focus on education and building hope
Rome, 15 November 2012 – "Hatred, division and violence foster blindness and stupidity. They are self-destructive and have no future". With these words the JRS International Director, Peter Balleis SJ, focused his presentation at Georgetown University in Washington DC this morning at a conference, Kindling hope through learning, stressing the importance of higher education in refugee situations.
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South Sudan: spreading the message of peace on-air
Kajo Keji, 18 October 2012 – The community of Kajo Keji will bid farewell this month to the regular Jesuit Refugee Service talk shows. The radio show sought to raise awareness of conflict resolution and peace building over the course of the past four years.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: project expands to meet the needs of the most inaccessible displaced populations
Mweso, 16 October 2012 – With the recent expansion of activities to the Muhunga and Mokoto camps, the Jesuit Refugee Service is fulfilling its target of reaching out to internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the most remote and inaccessible areas of war-torn eastern Congo.
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Great Lakes: JRS appoints new regional director
Bujumbura, 2 October 2012 – This upcoming November, Isaac Kyiaka SJ will become the fourth director of the Great Lakes region for the Jesuit Refugee Service, succeeding Tony Calleja SJ who steps down after six years marked by rapid change and expansion. Fr Kyiaka, former JRS Uganda director for two years, brings a wealth of academic, practical and personal experience to the new position.
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India: early-school leavers grab their second chance
Trichy, 21 September 2012 – As the lights dimmed in the auditorium of Saint Joseph's Tailoring School an electric vibe filled the building as 19 young Sri Lankan refugee women peeked through the curtains at their family members and teachers in the audience before their graduation ceremony commenced. This mid-September night a special moment for these women, all born to impoverished families in one of the 114 refugee camps in Tamil Nadu.
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South Sudan: JRS entrusts activities to the local population after 15 years
Nimule, 20 September 2012 – The curtains finally came down on the Jesuit Refugee Service involvement in the education and peace building project in the border town of Nimule when the community joined together to ensure a fitting end to the project last month. The closing ceremony marked an important milestone in the history of JRS Eastern Africa, handing over full responsibility to the South Sudanese authorities and the local community.
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Ethiopia: building mental strength
Addis Ababa, 30 August 2012 – The importance of building mental strength and learning coping mechanisms during forced displacement was emphasised at a recent Jesuit Refugee Service life skills workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ability of refugees to face adverse situations with a positive attitude links closely to general wellbeing, employability and relationship building.
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South Sudan: JRS involvement winds down as communities take over
South Sudan, 30 August 2012 – At the end of 2012, Jesuit Refugee Service will officially close the last of its four current projects in South Sudan, focused on education, pastoral accompaniment and peace building. The decision to exit from these successful projects, was made in line with the JRS mandate of attending to the needs of the forcibly displaced in situations of great need.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: JRS schools provide hope
Kaputa, Zambia, 7 August 2012 — Funding from the US Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration enabled the Jesuit Refugee Service to build 14 schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo, thus furthering the education of up to five thousand students.
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Syria: update on JRS emergency assistance
Amman, 03 August 2012 – As the Syrian crisis goes into its seventeenth month, JRS teams in cooperation with civil society volunteer networks, have stepped up their emergency responses. Yet rising displacement, insecurity and food shortages are further complicating emergency responses.
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