Jesuit Refugee Service http://www.jrs.net Latest News and Information Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:47:58 GMT South Sudan: innocence suffers in conflict http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140813095717 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140813095717 JRS Australia urges regional response to forced migration http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140812095026 (Kings Cross, Australia) August 12, 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140812095026 <link>http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140804032136</link> <description /> <pubDate>Mon, 04 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT</pubDate> <guid>http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140804032136</guid> </item> <item> <title>Praying with Refugees in Afghanistan: even after the darkest night there will be a new day http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140729041659 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 http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140729041659 International: Thomas Smolich SJ to become Jesuit Refugee Service Director in 2015 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140729030518 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140729030518 <link>http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140724053714</link> <description /> <pubDate>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT</pubDate> <guid>http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140724053714</guid> </item> <item> <title>France: longing for a space to call home http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140724032252 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140724032252 South Africa: space to heal in an unequal society http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140721051244 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140721051244 Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan director http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140707031837 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140707031837 Global: reflections from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140704074527 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140704074527 Lebanon: space to learn http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140703060105 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140703060105 Malawi: space to become community leaders http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140701094444 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140701094444 Praying with refugees in South Asia: hope allows us to survive http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140701041850 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 http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20140701041850 Video: Asia Pacific, when home is not a safe place http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140701081126 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140701081126 Jordan: space to be together http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140627051819 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140627051819 Video: France, Jesuit Refugee Service Welcome Project, the host family experience http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140624031928 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140624031928 Video: France, Jesuit Refugee Service Welcome Project, the refugee experience http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140624033032 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140624033032 Video: Lebanon, space to learn http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140620091207 Beirut, 23 June 2014 &amp;ndash; How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? To address the needs of Syrian refugee students, some Lebanese schools have two shifts to double their capacity. Others have to turn people away. In communities around the country, from the Bekaa Valley to the Mediterranean coast, the Jesuit Refugee Service is creating schools for Syrian children in areas where educational opportunities weren&apos;t previously available. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140620091207 World Refugee Day statement: finding safe spaces together http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140728053406 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. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140728053406 Kenya: decades of refugee integration shaken http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140618081855 Nairobi, 20 June 2014 &amp;ndash; Imagine waking up one morning to find a story in the newspaper saying you have to move to a refugee camp. After fleeing your home and struggling for years to make a life for yourself in Kenya &amp;ndash; learning the language, getting an education &amp;ndash; you are being displaced again. This time you are being sent 800km away to the desert. This happened not once, but twice in the last 18 months. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140618081855 World Refugee Day statement: finding safe spaces together http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140620021306 Rome, 20 June 2014 &amp;ndash; 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 &amp;ndash; more than two-thirds from Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic &amp;ndash; 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. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140620021306 France: more than space to live, the Welcome project http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140620030344 Paris, 20 June 2014 &amp;ndash; Swastik came from a normal family in rural Bangladesh. Her father was a farmer and her mother a tailor. Most of her life was not so different from those around her, until her sister was kidnapped and murdered and she was forced to flee for her life. Without going into the details of exactly what happened, it is suffice to say she was persecuted. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20140620030344 Syria: daily heroism witnessed by Caritas Switzerland http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140619033255 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. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140619033255 Jordan: we are all messengers of peace, says Pope Francis http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140616030430 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. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140616030430 Australia: calling for an end to detention of children http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140612024301 Sydney, 13 June 2014 –&#xa0;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&apos;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. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20140612024301