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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.

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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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Middle East: protection of Syrian civilians must be world's priority, humanitarian and human rights groups demand
London, 24 September 2014 – Any further intervention in the Middle East must address the suffering of Syrian civilians, a global coalition of 39 leading human rights and humanitarian organisations said today. Ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, the #WithSyria coalition – comprising Amnesty International, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Save the Children and other – urges world leaders, whoever they support in the conflict, to make clear that they are on the side of civilians.
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Pope Francis urges 'globalization of charity and cooperation' to aid migrants and refugees
Vatican, 24 September 2014 – "Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognized in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches," writes Pope Francis in his annual message ahead of the Jan. 18 World Day of Refugees and Migrants.
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USA: ban landmine use everywhere, Korea included
Washington DC, 23 September 2014 – Today's announcement by the United States that it will not use antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world except on the Korean Peninsula is a positive step, but the geographic exception must be overcome if the US is to ever join the Mine Ban Treaty, said the US Campaign to Ban Landmines.
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Kenya/ Malawi: refugee graduates work, study and service 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 the 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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Spain-Morocco: borders before people
Madrid, 2 September 2014 – A special report 'Lives at the Southern Borders' based on two fact-finding missions to the Spanish borders with Morocco, calls on the Spanish government and the European Union to put human rights before border security. The report and recommendations were submitted to the Spanish Ombudsman at the end of July.
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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, 12 August 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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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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Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan director
Rome, 7 July 2014 – This past week marked a month's time since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, 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 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan. This past month has been a painful time for Prem's family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all of us in JRS. Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope. All the information we have continues to suggest that he is alive and he remains in Afghanistan.
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World Refugee Day statement: finding safe spaces together
Rome, 20 June 2014 – Today on World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service commemorates the courage and endurance of the millions of people forced to flee their homes, and the many who welcome them into their communities. In the last 12 months, the numbers of people displaced due to conflict – more than two-thirds from Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic – and human rights abuses have reached 50 million. Mass displacement is at a 20 year high, on a scale not seen since the wars in former Yugoslavia.
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Syria: daily heroism witnessed by Caritas Switzerland
Rome, 19 June 2014 – Yesterday marked the 2014 Prix Caritas ceremony in Lucerne, Switzerland. Nawras Sammour SJ, the Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East North Africa Director, received the award on behalf of JRS Syria.
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Jordan: we are all messengers of peace, says Pope Francis
Amman, 16 June 2014 – Amid a crowd of twenty thousand, Pope Francis was welcomed to Amman, Jordan with cheering and festivities. Although his visit to the Holy Land was brief, his presence in the region was a morale boost to many in such times of turmoil and anxiety.
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Australia: calling for an end to detention of children
Sydney, 13 June 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service has called for Australia to end to the detention of children and for the Immigration Minister to relinquish his role as detained children's official guardian to avoid an ongoing conflict of interest. JRS said that the facilities in which 833 children are currently being held are inappropriate and that all children in detention should be immediately released.
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International: Pax Christi International Peace Award 2014 given to JRS Syria
Rome,7 June 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria has been awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Award for 2014. The award is given to JRS for "the outstanding dedication in providing humanitarian relief to Syrians since 2011".
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Afghanistan: Jesuit Refugee Service director kidnapped 34km from Herat city
Rome, 3 June 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that on Monday afternoon its country director, Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, was abducted by a group of unidentified men in western Afghanistan.
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Vatican City: end sexual violence in conflict
Rome, 28 May 2014 – On Tuesday 3 June at 12 noon (Rome time), Vatican Radio English, in cooperation with the British Embassy to the Holy See, will host a studio discussion: "End Sexual Violence in Conflict: #TimeToAct".
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Burundi: Jesuit Refugee Service responds to severe flooding
Bujumbura, 23 May 2014 – Severe flooding in Burundi has affected thousands of people around the capital, Bujumbura. The death toll since February's initial flooding is at least 77. Displaced communities have been among the most affected.
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Central African Republic: providing aid amidst insecurity
Washington DC, 21 May 2014 — Jesuit Refugee Service welcomes the statement by 26 NGOs in the Central African Republic reaffirming their commitment to the people there, and we echo their call for armed actors to respect humanitarian access. JRS currently supports the emergency education program established by UNICEF. These projects serve as temporary primary and secondary schools for those children who cannot return to their schools because of insecurity.
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Europe: time to put words into action
Brussels, 13 May 2014 – A boat carrying 400 migrants sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa earlier this week. Current reports estimate that up to 40 persons may have died with many more reported missing.
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Australia: government has breached its legal responsibilities towards refugees
Sydney, 8 May 2014 -- The Australian government has breached its legal responsibility towards refugees and committed grave ethical blunders in its application of offshore processing procedures, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS).
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Malawi: growing hope, tree planting in Dzaleka refugee camp
Dzaleka, 6 May 2014 – In a refugee camp where people feel they can't stay permanently, can't go back where they came from and don't see the future, it is easy to give up and lose hope.
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Malawi: hearing it on the community radio
Dzaleka, 24 April 2014 – Byamungu R Joseph Papa started broadcasting news and music from his shack inside Malawi's Dzaleka refugee camp in 2005 using a battery, an amplifier and a megaphone. Speakers placed on the roof of his home broadcast his announcements of new arrivals and lost goats, international news, and music programmes.
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Italy: government fails to protect refugees and asylum seekers
Rome, 8 April 2014 – The economic crisis in Italy has hit refugees in a particularly harsh manner. Even those who were well on the road to becoming self-sufficient have been forced to seek assistance, according the annual report by the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy (Centro Astalli).
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