Jesuit Refugee Service http://www.jrs.net Latest News and Information Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:23:49 GMT Rome: Fr Nicolás encourages hospitality on the frontiers http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141122083137 Rome, 21 November 2014 – Yesterday, on the on 34th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), over 250 people gathered to hear Fr Adolfo Nicolás , Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), discuss Hospitality on the Frontiers. In his discussion with the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Frederico Lombardi, Fr Nicolás encouraged governments and citizens to open their doors to refugees, recognizing service to refugees as "Gospel hospitality in action." Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141122083137 Fr Superior Nicolás and Fr Lombardi together to talk about refugees http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141113054949 Rome, 20 November 2014 – In commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will discuss the challenges of the reception of refugees with Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Press Office of the Holy See. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141113054949 Australia: shutting the door in the face of a global humanitarian crisis http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141119102405_a Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141119102405_a Iraq: the Jesuit Refugee Service in Iraqi Kurdistan, winter imperils displaced families http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141111080206 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. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141111080206 Praying with refugees: education preserves the life of its owner – girls' education in Chad http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141030032756 Abéché, 1 November 2014 – Food shortages in refugee camps forced families to engage in otherwise unacceptable practices. Some marry off their daughters early in exchange for payment. Young girls wash clothes instead of going to school for as little 1.75 US dollars a day; other engage in survival sex. Sixty percent reductions in food assistance last year for the 360,000 Sudanese refugee families in eastern Chad have not only put girls and women at risk, they have affected girls' education. Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141030032756 South Sudan: humanitarian workers return to a glimmer of hope despite floods in Maban http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141030064929 Maban, 30 October 2014 — As the World Food Programme (WFP) flight evacuated 240 humanitarian workers from four camps in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, Pau Vidal SJ remembers looking down at a crowd of refugees congregated on the airstrip. The evacuation came after violence erupted in Maban county in August, killing five humanitarian workers and an unknown number of civilians. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141030064929 50 NGOs urge states at Berlin conference to protect civilians and refugees affected by the Syrian conflict http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141028031129 Rome, 28 October 2014 – Prior to today's conference on the Syrian crisis, chaired by the German government and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), a group of 50 national and international NGOs urge governments and NGOs act now to address the suffering of Syrians. Above all, the group added, the international community and influential states must prioritise forging a negotiated political solution to end the conflict in Syria. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141028031129 Emergencies and new conflicts leave the forcibly displaced hungry http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141016022351 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141016022351 Colombia: the voices of victims of conflict need be more than just heard http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141013091545 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141013091545 Syria: examining the role of women from a humanitarian perspective in response to conflict http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141013080539 Syria, 13 October 2014 <span class="StoryBody"> – </span>During the anti-apartheid years in South Africa, the phrase "strike a woman and you strike a rock" 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141013080539 Europe: Rescued – what next? Protection seekers stranded in Sicily http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141006045526 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141006045526 Video: counselling services help refugees in Kakuma begin to heal http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141006011812_a 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141006011812_a Malawi: a ticket to hope, graduation of online university students in Dzaleka refugee camp http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141021093827 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'. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141021093827 Syria: between fear of violence and the struggle to survive http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141003024022 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141003024022 Afghanistan: four months on, hope remains alive for the safe return of Jesuit Refugee Service director http://www.jrs.net/Director?TN=LETTER-20141003060929 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 http://www.jrs.net/Director?TN=LETTER-20141003060929 Safe passage into Europe needed for refugees http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141001092512 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141001092512 Syria: between fear of violence and the struggle to survive http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141029033216 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. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141029033216 Kenya: graduates celebrate past achievements and hopeful futures in Kakuma refugee camp http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140929051010 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140929051010 Praying with Refugees in Belgium: then the storm died down http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140925060055 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 http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140925060055 Middle East: protection of Syrian civilians must be world's priority http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140925023358 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140925023358 Middle East: protection of Syrian civilians must be world's priority http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141029031454 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141029031454 Pope Francis urges 'globalization of charity and cooperation' to aid migrants and refugees http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140923125946 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. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140923125946 USA: ban landmine use everywhere, Korea included http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140923032131_a 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. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140923032131_a Kenya/ Malawi: refugee graduates work, study and serve their communities http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140922074753 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140922074753 Kenya/ Malawi: refugee graduates work, study and serve their communities http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141029034219 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141029034219