Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:46:21 GMT Stop refugee deaths: yes we can Brussels, 31 August 2015 – With no alternatives, people fleeing war and oppression try to reach safety in Europe at any cost. All too often they die. Stopping such tragedies is entirely achievable. Now is the time to introduce a European humanitarian visa. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: helping teens who migrate alone <span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px">Makhado, 30 August 2015 – </span>Simon Muvunza is one of thousands of teenagers who travel to another country by themselves. They are some of the world's most vulnerable migrants. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT Photo gallery: Eritrean refugees' paintings of dangerous journeys Mai Aini, 12 August 2015 -- Powerful images of dangerous journeys as painted by young Eritrean refugees Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: learning in emergencies Maban, 10 August 2015 – In South Sudan's Upper Nile state, a student is more likely to find soldiers occupying their school than teachers preparing lessons. Sixty-three percent of schools are occupied by armed forces. Even more of a rare commodity than functioning school buildings are teachers themselves. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT Kenya: refugee parents cope with autism Nairobi, 3 August  2015 – "In our culture, when people look at my children they believe they have been bewitched. Some people try to marginalise them. They don't understand my family," says David Bulambo, a Congolese refugee in Kenya who is the father of two autistic girls. "We often feel isolated." Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: investing in peace Maban, 29 July 2015 – "Education will teach kids how to bring peace through the pen and the negotiation table," said Leila, a 27-year-old refugee teacher from Sudan who has dedicated her life to promoting education. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT Europe: EU leaders failing refugees Rome, 22 July 2015 -- JRS is disappointed by the failure of EU leaders to find a relocation solution for 40,000 refugees who have fled to Europe. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: refugee children counting on school <span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px"><span style="font-size: 10pt">Beirut, 16 July 2015 -- </span>Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon aren't in school. Some have to work to pay the family bills. Others can't go to school because of transportation costs, difficulty registering, or discrimination.</span> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT Thailand: helping survivors of sexual violence Bangkok, 15 July 2015 -- In Thailand, JRS offers group counseling sessions for refugee women and girls. Almost all are survivors of sexual violence and at risk of re-victimization in their vulnerable circumstances. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT Jordan and Lebanon: Syrian refugees face food cuts Amman, Jordan, 9 July 2015 -- Cuts to food aid programmes in the Middle East could force Syrian refugees in the Middle East to make "terrible choices," says Peter Balleis SJ, JRS International Director. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT Kenya: never fail to try Nairobi, 6 July 2015 – Pierre, 23, trains upwards of 25 local community members per day in computer literacy at his college. At the end of the course, students receive certificates in computer science. The majority of his students are people in the workforce, while others have just finished secondary school and need to learn computer skills in order to enter university. "I was helped to get where I am so I feel also very good when others benefit from my knowledge. I trust this community, and I treat them a lot of dignity," he said. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT Chad: Darfur refugees find hope in education Washington, DC, 30 June 2015 – In Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad, the Jesuit Refugee Service is expanding our partnership with Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) and has started a new programme in the camp that will eventually offer an online, university-level diploma programme. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT United States: legal challenges facing Central American migrants Washington, DC, 22 June 2015 – In recognition of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 Jesuit law schools announce A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants. The report highlights Jesuit law school efforts to assist Central Americans in need, and challenges faced in delivering these services. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT Kenya and Italy: we choose hope Rome, 20 June 2015 – "Opposing the war in Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr, said 'a time comes when silence is betrayal,'" writes Kenyan refugee Antony Mutai. "That time has come regarding the refugee crisis. The time has come for all of us to not only speak up, but to act and 'Push forward, not back.'" Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: shining a light in xenophobia's darkness Johannesburg, 19 June 2015 – If it were not for ignorance, Qamar and Ali's home and business would still be standing today. Ignorance to what these two men – and others seeking refuge within South Africa – went through led people to loot and ransack their shops. This ignorance strips us of our empathy and allows myths regarding migrants to persist. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT Australia: any door will do when you're in danger Kings Cross, New South Wales, 18 June 2015 – Following the decisions by Indonesia and Malaysia to provide temporary refuge for 7,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi forced migrants pending "resettlement and repatriation" by the international community, Prime Minister Tony Abbott's response to the question of resettlement of some of these people in Australia was "nope, nope, nope." Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT Kenya: journey to self-reliance Nairobi, 17 June 2015 – As countries around the globe continually implement policies to push back and exclude migrants and refugees, they are missing out on a vital opportunity to push their communities forward. Kenya is no exception. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT World Refugee Day: push forward, not back Rome, 15 June 2015 – For World Refugee Day this weekend, the Jesuit Refugee Service urges you to remember that the key to change is within each of us. While governments decide to accept or reject refugees, only we have the power to truly welcome them. We must change our fixed view of refugees as 'the other.' Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT Praying with Refugees: education enables self-sufficiency Washington, DC, 3 June 2015 – "Education is a key in combating the evil of hatred, violence and war," says the Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Peter Balleis SJ. "It is important to get [displaced and refugee] children into school. It is important to keep learning, it is a form of healing in the midst of conflict." Wed, 03 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT Asia Pacific: NGOs sign a joint statement calling for regional cooperation to address the migrant crisis Bangkok, 29 May 2015 – Representatives from 17 Asian states as well as the USA, Australia and Switzerland, met today in Thailand at the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean to discuss the regional migrant crisis. With 600 non-governmental and civil society organisations, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) signed a joint statement "welcoming the decision of the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand to provide temporary protection to refugees and migrants rescued at sea," but urging the states to provide further assistance and protection to migrants in need. Fri, 29 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT Jordan: finding leadership and purpose in education Amman, 25 May 2015 – Ismail, a refugee from Sudan now living in Jordan, shares with us his story. Ismail writes that after enrolling in a Jesuit Refugee Service education program, he rediscovered hope. “I feel as if this opportunity has saved my life,” he says, “life has many opportunities in store. Mon, 25 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: seeds of peace at crossroads of displacement Maban, 20 May 2015 – "Today in Maban many different ethnic groups work together, stay together, eat together and play together to develop our community. We are one nation, the same people, so let us be together," said Awad, a community leader in this border county with Sudan. Wed, 20 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT Malta: No Giving Up! Stories of unfinished journeys Valetta, 18 May 2015 – No Giving Up, a publication launched by JRS Malta last week at an event at San Anton Palace under the patronage of her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, recounts the experience of six Somali women who are seeking asylum in Malta. Mon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: marching in solidarity Johannesburg, 15 May 2015 – Xenophobic attacks this year condemned by the government and civil society did not come as a surprise to those with an interest in migration. South Africa has been experiencing waves of xenophobic attacks, the most devastating in 2008 which killed 62 people. With seven casualties just last month, South Africans are marching together calling for peace. Fri, 15 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT Praying with refugees in South Africa: why Catholics should be concerned about xenophobia Johannesburg, 4 May 2015 – It is now three months since a wave of looting of migrant-run shops began in Snake Park, in the urban Soweto area of Johannesburg, and other parts of the country. The violence culminated two weeks ago in Durban leaving five people dead, many more injured and an estimated 2,500 people displaced and reliant on churches, mosques and the city for survival. Mon, 04 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT