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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.

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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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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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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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Syria: Jesuit Refugee Service mourns the death of Frans van der Lugt SJ
Beirut, 7 April 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria has announced its closure for three days over the tragic loss of Fr Frans van der Lugt. The whole JRS family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death this morning.
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JRS Syria receives Pax Christi International Peace Award
Rome, 31 March 2014 – The 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award has been granted to the Jesuit Refugee Service Syria for dedication in providing emergency relief to Syrians since the conflict began in 2011. Established in 1988, the Award honours contemporary individuals and organisations who make a stand for peace, justice and non-violence in different parts of the world.
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United States: immigration reform needed to end suffering, redeem the nation
Washington DC, 20 March 2014 – The US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, USA from 30 March to 1 April to tour the US-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the US desert since 1998.
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USA: NGOs urge government to take proactive measures for peace in South Sudan and Central African Republic
Washington DC, 20 February 2014 — Twenty-six organisations, including the Jesuit Refugee Service, recommended a specific series of steps the US authorities take "to ensure that peacekeeping operations in both contexts have the best chance to halt violence, protect civilians, and stabilise" South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
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South Sudan: uneasy calm prevails in Maban
Maban, 14 February 2014 – As schools re-opened at the beginning of the month, an uneasy calm prevails in Maban, Upper Nile State of South Sudan. Staff from NGOs, both local and international, have started trickling back to the county, located in the northeastern part of Upper Nile State in South Sudan.
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Philippines: communities displaced yet again by violence
Mindanao, 14 February 2014 - Internally displaced returnee communities in Maguindanao and North Cotabato, in the southern Philippines, were forced to flee once again just one day after the signing of the last annex of the Bangsamoro Framework (FAB), the much anticipated peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government of the Philippines, on 26 January 2014.
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Syria: people of Homs hungry to lead a normal life, says Dutch Jesuit
Rome, 10 February 2014 – Three thousand Syrians trapped in the old city of Homs under a two-year siege and food blockade may finally receive relief after agreements were made on Thursday in the Geneva II talks between government and opposition forces. After two weeks, the negotiations seem to have borne some fruit: an agreement allowing for a "humanitarian pause" in Homs.
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Vatican City: promoting solidarity, acceptance, and signs of fraternity
Vatican City, 28 January 2014 – The present day reality of migration in a rapidly globalising world poses a particular challenge for world leaders and citizens alike, according to the annual message, Migrants and Refugees: toward a better world, released by the Vatican last week.
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South Sudan: JRS plans disrupted, but not shattered
Nairobi, 9 January 2014 – During the first quarter of last year, JRS Eastern Africa moved to and opened projects in Yambio in the South Sudanese state of Western Equatoria and Maban in Upper Nile. In Yambio, JRS supports a community affected by the long years of conflict. A gradual start has seen 12 primary school teachers enrolled in a teacher training college run by Solidarity with South Sudan.
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South Sudan: Jesuits urge peaceful resolution to crisis
Nairobi, 8 January 2014 — "We encourage all our friends and well-wishers of South Sudan, wherever they may be, to do all they can to advocate on behalf of South Sudan for a speedy, just and peaceful resolution of the current crisis", said Jesuit Fr Agbonkhianmeghe E Orobator, Provincial of East Africa.
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Jesuit Refugee Service team member killed
Masisi, 22 November 2013 – JRS staff member in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Yohana Bushu, was shot two weeks ago and died in hospital a few hours later.
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Asia Pacific: Jesuit Refugee Service to support local Philippine relief efforts
Bangkok, 14 November 2013 – In the face of the enormous destruction and displacement wrought by typhoon Haiyan, the Jesuit Refugee Service has decided the most practical immediate response is to provide logistical support to Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, a local Jesuit-led organisation.
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Central African Republic: mass violence and imminent threat to civilians
Washington DC, 1 November 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service and a number of other leading NGOs urge the international community to act quickly in the Central African Republic to protect civilians and prevent further atrocities against them. The increasingly dire humanitarian situation threatens the stability of the entire country.
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Mexico: JRS report highlights Central American migrant abuses
Washington DC, October 29, 2013 — A new report from Jesuit Refugee Service USA notes that the flows of migrants from Central America toward the US require special consideration both from a human rights perspective and because their vulnerability is intimately linked to continued regional insecurity. The report, Persistent Insecurity: Abuses against Central Americans in Mexico, includes specific recommendations to alleviate the abuses faced by migrants on their journey.
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Malawi: refugees in Dzaleka receive diplomas from Regis University
Dzaleka, 7 October 2013 – In many ways, the graduation ceremony on 27 September last in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi looked like any other– mortarboards and tassels, proud parents and renowned speakers giving advice. But it was anything but ordinary; it was first time ever that students were granted access to higher education in this refugee camp, or for that matter in most others.
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Kenya: the dream has finally become a reality
Kakuma, 27 September 2013 – The dream finally became a reality for 26 students as they graduated in a colourful ceremony in Kakuma refugee camp, in northwestern Kenya. It was the culmination of the students' dream after they had completed a pilot of the online three-year Diploma in Liberal Studies from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, USA.
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