Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:19:09 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. Wed, 01 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 Middle East: protection of Syrian civilians must be world&apos;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. 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 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. 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 Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan director Rome, 7 July 2014 – This past week marked a month&apos;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&apos;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. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Global: reflections from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict London, 4 July 2014 &amp;ndash; Hosted by Secretary of State William Hague and actress and Special Envoy for the UNHCR Angelina Jolie, last week&apos;s Global Summit in London took upon itself the impressive task of ending sexual violence in conflict. Armed with the ubiquitous hashtag #TimeToAct, the summit aimed to create &quot;irreversible momentum&quot; that will help, in the words of Jolie, to &quot;apply our protective instinct to the world&apos;s most vulnerable people&quot;. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: space to learn Beirut, 3 July 2014 &amp;ndash; How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? Lebanon, a country of four million in 2010 is now hosting more than a million Syrian refugees, roughly half are school-aged. A country that is roughly the size of Delaware, or quarter the size of Switzerland &amp;ndash; is at its widest point, only 70 km across. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Malawi: space to become community leaders Dzaleka, 2 July 2014 &amp;ndash; While most of the 18,000 people living in Dzaleka camp dream of leaving, 23 refugees have taken the initiative to turn this not-so-temporary camp into a community. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Praying with refugees in South Asia: hope allows us to survive Delhi, 1 July 2014 – &quot;I see hope shining brightly before me. I see my children walking freely without fear. I have forgotten my arduous journey. It was like crossing the Red Sea in the Old Testament. It took me some time to forgive the people who destroyed the lives of many families, including mine, from my homeland. Now it&apos;s all over and I see a lot of hope ahead of us&quot;, said Matink*, a Burmese Chin refugee, with tears in her eyes. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Video: Asia Pacific, when home is not a safe place Bangkok, 1 July 2014 &amp;ndash;&amp;nbsp;JRS Asia Pacific team members surveyed tourists and JRS staff in Bangkok about where they feel safe and how their experience compares to that of the approximately 8,000 refugees seeking safety in Bangkok right now. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Jordan: space to be together Irbid, 27 June 2014 &amp;ndash; In an unassuming building on a quiet street in Irbid, you&apos;ll find Syrian mothers dressed alike in heavy black coats and hijabs chatting around a conference table over bread and coffee while their children attend kindergarten in the room next door. It&apos;s crammed, but they are used to it now, many living in crowded apartments since they arrived in Jordan. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Video: France, Jesuit Refugee Service Welcome Project, the host family experience Paris, 24 June 2014 &amp;ndash;&amp;nbsp; Each night, thousands of people sleep on the streets of Paris. Some are asylum seekers and refugees. Jesuit Refugee Service France has set up a network of families and religious communities to host them until they can find stable housing. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Video: France, Jesuit Refugee Service Welcome Project, the refugee experience Paris, 24 June 2014 &amp;ndash; Each night, thousands of people sleep on the streets of Paris. Some are asylum seekers and refugees. Jesuit Refugee Service France has set up a network of families and religious communities to host them until they can find stable housing. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT