Jesuit Refugee Service http://en.jrs.net Latest News and Information Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:36:40 GMT Malawi: Vocational education provides independence http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161206030915 Dzaleka Refugee Camp, 6 December 2016 — Eureka left the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her son after her husband, a journalist, was killed. She's now a refugee here in Dzaleka, where a Jesuit Refugee Service training course provided new skills and hopes for her future. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161206030915 Global: Remembering Fr. Kolvenbach’s commitment to refugees http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20161202025320 Rome, 2 December 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service family remembers Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, who died in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 November. Fr Kolvenbach served as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus for almost twenty-five years and carried forward Fr. Arrupe’s legacy. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20161202025320 Chad: Promoting girls education through theatre http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161128055132 Iriba, 28 November 2016 - “Our society thinks that daughters are only for reproduction, for taking care of the children at home and for looking after the household. This view demotes women, their image and their role in society” says Nafisa, a librarian at the JRS Youth Centre in Amnabak Refugee Camp. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161128055132 Afghanistan: Expanding education opportunities for girls http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161123025940 Washington DC, 24 November 2016 – While many international aid organizations have pulled out of Afghanistan in recent years, Jesuit Refugee Service remains committed to helping educate the country's youth – particularly girls and those from marginalized groups. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161123025940 USA: Higher education, vocational training are key to improving refugee lives http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161121045920 Washington DC, 21 November 2016 – Fr. David Holdcroft S.J. believes an education is among the most practical gifts JRS can offer. During his six-years as regional director of Jesuit Refugee Service Southern Africa, he and his staff developed and implemented educational programs that offered inspiration and tangible benefits to the refugees they served. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161121045920 Cambodia: Srey Puth creates change through education http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161114023657 Battambang, 14 November 2016 - Srey Puth is a young and dynamic Cambodian woman. She was born in the late eighties in a refugee camp at the Thai-Cambodia border. During that time war ravaged the region. Armed groups planted the earth with landmines and cluster bombs all over the country.  Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161114023657 Chad: they took our country from us http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161031041323 Goz Beida, 31 October 2016 – The militants were moving around from village to village where we lived in Darfur. We lived every day, hearing gunshots in the distance, hoping we weren't next. That was wishful thinking. Soon enough they of course arrived to our village, Omharu, burning everything they didn't want to steal. Ten of my neighbours died; I can name all those men.  Mon, 31 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161031041323 Malawi: Refugee completes long journey to become medical doctor http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161027045143 Dzaleka, 27 October 2016 — Mirreille reached Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi in 2000, at the age of eight. She does not remember why or under what circumstances they had to flee the country of her birth, Rwanda, as she was only two years old when the genocide of 1994 occurred. All she recalls was that her father had been killed and she remembers snippets of his funeral. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161027045143 Chad: Grace's Tale – Daring to Dream http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161020094618 Djabal, 21 October 2016 – Grace*, a Sudanese refugee woman and a single mother of six children living in Djabal, Chad, has struggled for an education and a better life. When violence broke out in her village, Grace and her family were forced to flee. She lost her husband in Sudan and during their flight she was separated from her children. She reunited with them later near the Chadian border, and together they reached safety in Djabal. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161020094618 Colombia: In support of the peace agreement http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20161007084430 Bogotà, 7 October 2016 - The Commission on Forced Migration, Exile and Reconciliation wishes to extend its greetings to Colombians living abroad, in particular the victims of the armed conflict, as well as exiles and refugees. Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20161007084430 Italy: Educate a refugee, “Let children be children” http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161005051338 Rome, 6 October 2016 - "I was sad that I did not get to say goodbye to my teachers and my friends in school because they had become my family. My teachers were like my guardians; the ones that led me through life.” Mary was an 11 year-old girl living in Nairobi, Kenya where she enjoyed her childhood with her two elder brothers. Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161005051338 USA: Lampedusa tour will support education for refugees around the world http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161005025100 Washington, DC, October 5, 2016 — <b><i>Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees</i></b> begins Thursday and will be headlined by Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids. Robert Plant, Joan Baez, and Ron Sexsmith are joining the Lampedusa tour in select cities this month, with Ruby Amanfu and Nancy And Beth also performing. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161005025100 USA: Robert Plant joins 'Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees' http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160928055519 Washington DC, 28 September 1016 - Robert Plant has confirmed that he will join Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, The Milk Carton Kids, and more for select dates on the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour in October. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160928055519 Global: Jesuits to hold worldwide meeting to elect new Father General http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160927055148 Rome, 27 September 27 2016 - The Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church, will hold the first plenary session of General Congregation 36 in Rome on October 3. The supreme governing body of the Jesuit order, a General Congregation has only happened 35 times since the Society was founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160927055148 Global: An inter-religious statement on behalf of forced migrants http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160919080016 Rome, 21 September 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Religious Islamic Community of Italy (COREIS), European partner of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), stand in solidarity to call upon all governments, religious institutions, and people of good-will to work together in tackling the root causes of forced migration. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160919080016 Vatican: Pope Francis discusses the intersection of Jesuit education and serving refugees http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160919080018 Vatican, 19 September 2016 - <span style="font-size: 12px;">On 17 September 2016, Pope Francis addressed members of the European Confederation and the World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae as a part of the three day event, European Encounters of Jesuit Alumni "Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act". During the address, Maiga, a friend of JRS, presented Pope Francis with a painting created by Mefin, an Eritrean refugee in an Ethiopian camp.</span> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160919080018 Global: One Human Family, One Voice, No Human Trafficking http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160919050218 Abuja, 16 September 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service stands with Catholic organizations and faith leaders from around the world to condemn modern day slavery in all its forms. Following the call of the 2014 declaration of Pope Francis and other faith leaders on eradicating modern slavery by 2020, hundreds of Catholic activists came together in Abuja, Nigeria this month to reaffirm and commit to collaboration and common action aiming atpreventing and eradicating the scourge of human trafficking and exploitation of human beings and upholding human dignity. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160919050218 Global: JRS and the European Confederation of Jesuit Alumni reflect on the global migration and refugee situation http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160909044405 Rome, 14 September 2016 – On Friday 16th of September, at 11:30 a.m., at LUMSA University, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International Director, will speak at the European Encounters of Jesuit Alumni "Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act", hosted by the European Confederation of Jesuit Alumni (ECJA), and supported by the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA). Wed, 14 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160909044405 USA: Concert tour will benefit refugee education http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161003030809 Washington, DC, 12 September, 2016 - Five of America’s most popular musical acts are coming together for an 11-stop concert tour this fall to raise awareness of the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees will be headlined in North America by Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20161003030809 Global: JRS and Caritas Internationalis respond to UN Summit Outcome Document http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160907051126 Our organisations welcome the outcome document to be adopted on 19 September 2016 as an important step towards the global governance of migration and development. We have long called for a people-centred, human rights and dignity approach to internal and international migrants and refugees. We welcome the focus on respecting the rights of all migrants and a shared responsibility for refugee reception. Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160907051126 USA: Refugee summits must provide access to education for all displaced children http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160908023848 Washington DC, 8 September 2016 —The Global Campaign for Education – US, a broad-based coalition of more than 80 members, including Jesuit refugee Service/USA, dedicated to ensuring universal quality education for all children, urges the United Nations, the U.S. Government and world leaders to accelerate progress towards universal access to education for displaced children. Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160908023848 Refugees create global conversations with art http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160902092816 Mai Aini, 5 September 2016 - Between two mountain ranges in northern Ethiopia, dozens of young Eritrean refugees are splattered in paint. They spend their days expressing their longing for lost loved ones, traumatic memories of persecution and stories of family and friends who have taken perilous journeys across deserts and seas in symbolic artwork. Mon, 05 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160902092816 Ethiopia: Refugees create global conversations with art http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160902094054 Mai Aini, 6 September 2016 – Between two mountain ranges in northern Ethiopia, dozens of young Eritrean refugees are splattered in paint. They spend their days expressing their longing for lost loved ones, traumatic memories of persecution and stories of family and friends who have taken perilous journeys across deserts and seas in symbolic artwork. Mon, 05 Sep 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160902094054 Kenya: helping staff and refugees self-heal from trauma http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160825081551 26 August 2016, Nairobi – For communities living in conflict, cycles of violence pervade their everyday lives. For many refugees, escaping that trauma and healing psychological scars are incredibly difficult, but are just as important as securing food, medicines and a safe place to stay. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160825081551 Australia: JRS urges closing off shore processing centres on Nauru and Manus islands http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160812114502 Kings Cross, NSW, August 12, 2016 — Jesuit Refugee Service Australia urges the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by immediately closing the offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160812114502