Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:01:17 GMT Emergencies and new conflicts leave the forcibly displaced hungry Rome, 16 October 2014 – While forcibly displaced persons make up only a tiny portion of those suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition, the rise in conflict-induced displacement is putting serious strains on the capacity of the international community to meet the basic food needs of those fleeing conflict. Nothing better illustrates the hardship faced by refugees and internally displaced persons than the on-going conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, and the protracted refugee crisis in Chad. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: the voices of victims of conflict need be more than just heard Bogota, 13 October 2014 – In response to ongoing dialogue between the Colombian government and left-wing guerrilla group, Las Farc, the Jesuit Refugee Service has urged the negotiating parties to take in account the needs of those affected by the conflict. The statement – presented at the National Victims Forum in Cali – called for assistance for victims, reparations, solutions to the displacement and preventative measures. JRS also urged receiving states to welcome refugees and offer them international protection, not forcibly return them to Colombia. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT Syria: examining the role of women from a humanitarian perspective in response to conflict Syria, 13 October 2014 &lt;span class=&quot;StoryBody&quot;&gt; &amp;ndash; &lt;/span&gt;During the anti-apartheid years in South Africa, the phrase &quot;strike a woman and you strike a rock&quot; was popularised by the growing involvement of women in the struggle. In Syria, the role of women has taken on a less aggressive, but no less significant role. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT Europe: Rescued – what next? Protection seekers stranded in Sicily Brussels, 7 October 2014 – Interviews conducted with migrants stranded in southern Italy expose the failure of European reception systems to uphold principles of human dignity, hospitality and fairness, according to the findings of a new report by the Jesuit Refugee Service. Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 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. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 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 &apos;normality&apos;. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT Syria: between fear of violence and the struggle to survive Beirut, 3 October 2014 – The humanitarian crisis in two of the three principle cities in Syria has deteriorated dramatically in the last two months, according to Jesuit Refugee Service teams on the ground. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT Afghanistan: four months on, hope remains alive for the safe return of Jesuit Refugee Service director Delhi, 3 October 2014 – Yesterday, the 2 October marked four long months since Alexis Prem Kumar – serving with the Jesuit Refugee Service – was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-supported school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT Safe passage into Europe needed for refugees Brussels, Rome, 2 October 2014 – A year after the tragic death of nearly 400 forced migrants – men, women, children – off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, tens of thousands of lives have been saved. The details of how close the victims were to the coast spurred the Italian government to act. Proof, if any was needed, of how much can be done when states prioritise life above border security. Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 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. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT Praying with Refugees in Belgium: then the storm died down Bruges, 1 October 2014 – Detention centres are places where storms frequently erupt, especially in the spirits of anxious, angry and stressed detainees. They feel overwhelmed, as if drowning. Yet in the middle of these dark storms, suddenly something can change. It is difficult to identify exactly what, but something changes their perspective, draws their attention to elements almost lost in the storm. It might be that God is at work. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT Middle East: protection of Syrian civilians must be world&apos;s priority 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. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT Pope Francis urges &apos;globalization of charity and cooperation&apos; to aid migrants and refugees Vatican, 24 September 2014 – &quot;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,&quot; writes Pope Francis in his annual message ahead of the Jan. 18 World Day of Refugees and Migrants. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT USA: ban landmine use everywhere, Korea included Washington DC, 23 September 2014 – Today&apos;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. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 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. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT Chad: education for girls in Sudanese refugee camps, between obstacles and hope N&apos;Djamena, 11 September 2014 &amp;ndash; Walking long distances to fetch water in the blistering desert heat of eastern Chad is not to be underestimated. It is one of the most arduous of tasks facing Sudanese women living in refugee camps in eastern Chad, a place where socio-cultural traditions tend to limit their role strictly to the domestic sphere: household chores, caring for large families and fetching water. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT Spain-Morocco: borders before people Madrid, 2 September 2014 – A special report &apos;Lives at the Southern Borders&apos; 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. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT Praying with Refugees in North Kivu: singing together to the Lord Masisi, 1 September 2014 – How can we challenge ourselves to pray in a way that gives room to the refugees and displaced persons in our communities? There is a call for change to welcome the displaced in our world. What are my personal commitments towards that? How can I, as a member of a host community, express solidarity for and show hospitality to others? Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 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. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 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. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT <link></link> <description /> <pubDate>Mon, 04 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT</pubDate> <guid></guid> </item> <item> <title>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. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 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. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT France: longing for a space to call home Paris, 24 July 2014 &amp;ndash; When I want to take a shower, I look at my body. For example here, this is from a cigarette. My hand is broken. You can see they used acid to burn off the tattoo I got for my mother. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: space to heal in an unequal society Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 &amp;ndash; Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT