Jesuit Refugee Service http://www.jrs.net Latest News and Information Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:50:17 GMT Zambia: the value of accompaniment http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141217061526 Lusaka, 18 December 2014 – Friendship and compassionate companionship with the most vulnerable provide a powerful type of humanitarian service giving priority to personal accompaniment. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141217061526 South Africa: the contribution of faith-based organisations working with the displaced http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141210082004 Johannesburg, 11 Decemeber 2014 – Faith-based organisations take from their religious traditions both strong motivations and access to a long history of thinking concerning social and political issues. This can make them ideally placed to fill the gaps in the implementation of human rights. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141210082004 South Sudan: Khartoum auxiliary bishop underlines the importance of education and hospitality to refugees http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141211091944 Maban, 11 December 2014 – In a visit to the conflict-affected region of South Sudan, Bishop Daniel Adwok underlined the importance of education and hospitality for refugees living in the border district Maban. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141211091944 Syria: cries for peace http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141210032948 Beirut, 2 December 2014 – On the day the United States announced they would conduct air strikes against militants in Iraq, a Syrian woman here asked a Jesuit Refugee Service staff member a seemingly simple question: "Do you think a Syrian life has less value than anyone else's?" Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141210032948 Praying with refugees: reborn through generosity http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141201031000 London, 1 December 2014 – Just before Christmas a couple of years ago, I visited a project in East London that supports young unaccompanied migrants. The young people I met that day had been through a great deal. Some had made seemingly impossible journeys, alone, by sea, air and road. Many had lost touch with their families. Some had experienced homelessness and violence, at home, on route and in the UK. Others had been detained and arrested. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20141201031000 France: Pope Francis visits European Parliament http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124032330_a Berlin, Brussels, London, Paris, Rome, Valletta, 24 November 2014 – On the occasion of Pope Francis’s speech before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 25 November, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) urges European countries to remain faithful to one of the fundamental values underpinning the European Union by showing concrete solidarity with migrants and refugees and ensuring fully-fledged joint search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124032330_a 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 (JRS) observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in Australian government policy 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. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141119102405_a 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 thirty-fourth anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), more than 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 Federico Lombardi, Fr Nicolás encouraged governments and citizens to open their doors to refugees, recognising 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 Rome: testimony of a Syrian refugee in Italy, Tareq http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141113092738 Rome, 20 November 2014<span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family: " calibri",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"times="" new="" roman";mso-bidi-font-family:="" "times="" roman";mso-ansi-language:en-gb;mso-fareast-language:it;mso-bidi-language:="" ar-sa"="" lang="EN-GB"> –</span> My name is Tareq, and I'm 28 years of age. I'm Syrian from Damascus. Today, I'm a refugee in Italy. In Syria, I studied languages at university. I left my home city shortly after I graduated to avoid compulsory conscription. I didn't want to go to war. I hate weapons. That way, I had no alternative but to flee and seek asylum. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141113092738 Rome: hope and fear – testimony of a Syria Jesuit http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141120070824 Rome, 20 November 2014 – When the uprising began in Syria, there was great hope and fear. Syrians of all colours knew reform was vital, but that it would come at a heavy cost. Some were hopeful and encouraged the reform movement, others, more fearful, resisted it. There was extremism and moderation in both camps. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141120070824 Rome: a sign of God’s presence http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141120081937 Rome, 20 November 2014 – It is a great honour for the Jesuit Refugee Service to have Fr General Nicolás among us to commemorate this most symbolic day. Our gratitude goes also to Fr Lombardi, to Vatican Radio and to all those whose presence have made this gathering possible today. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141120081937 Rome: let's open the door to asylum seekers http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141120084140 Rome, 20 November 2014 – In a time when the cries of innocent victims of grave humanitarian crises fleeing war and persecution can be heard close to our borders, the response of Europe and Italy has never been more hesitant and contradictory. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20141120084140 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 Democratic Republic of Congo: time to take strong measures to protect children from armed conflict http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124041445 20 November 2014 – Twenty-five years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), ratified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1990, Child Soldiers International and the Jesuit Refugee Service remain concerned by widespread abuses committed against children by armed forces and armed groups. Although significant progress has been made to protect children from armed conflict in the DRC, there is still a long way to go to prevent the recruitment of children, improve assistance to former child soldiers, and end impunity. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20141124041445 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 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 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 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 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