Jesuit Refugee Service http://en.jrs.net Latest News and Information Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:05:23 GMT 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/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160912085754 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/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160912085754 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 Uganda: sketches, colours, patterns, and a new life http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160801050854 Kampala, 1 August 2016 – As a young girl, Agnes fled a notorious Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, but through educational opportunities she was able to pursue her passion for fashion. She now gives back to refugees as the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) fashion and design teacher in Kampala – where they work to be self-reliant. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160801050854 Australia: Stopping the boats Part 1 - Why stopping the boats does not solve the problem http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160729054852 Sydney, 29 July 2016 - Austria’s foreign minister recently suggested that people seeking asylum in Europe should not be allowed to enter the continent, but should be held on offshore islands instead. Sebastian Kurz said that the principles of the “Australian model” should be applied to Europe, and went as far as to suggest that people who entered Europe “illegally” should lose their right to apply for asylum. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160729054852 South Sudan: Violence Fuels Humanitarian Crisis http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160728030658 Juba, 28 July, 2016 – South Sudan faces a spiralling humanitarian crisis as the recent surge in fighting prevents aid agencies from providing urgent help to millions of people in need. Violence and insecurity continue in Juba and are spreading to other states despite a fragile ceasefire in a country where half the population relies on humanitarian aid, ten aid agencies warned today. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160728030658 A fragile South Sudan threatens the lives, health, homes and education of millions http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160728031805 Nairobi, 28 July 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service is deeply concerned of the fragile state of affairs in South Sudan after fighting re-erupted and killed nearly 300 civilians in the capital Juba more than two weeks ago. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160728031805 Ethiopia: dancers bring rhythm to their lives in exile http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160720100025 Mai Aini, 20 July 2016 – Luwam was once at the centre of her nation's spotlight. In Asmara, as a member of the national dance team, she performed for government officials and her fellow citizens at national celebrations, receiving cheers and accolades for her captivating talent. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160720100025 Rome: the Jesuit Refugee Service International presents its 2015 Annual Report http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160708072132 Rome, 8 July 2016 – In 2015, the Jesuit Refugee Service reaffirmed its commitment to education with the Global Education Initiative and the launch of the Mercy in Motion campaign. Last year, JRS served 724,551 people, 141,333 through education projects. Recognising education is a concrete and durable solution to build more resilient communities, JRS aims to increase this number by 100,000 people by 2020. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160708072132 Uganda: a rising rap star advocates for a welcoming world http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160722044730 Kampala, 8 July 2016 - As a teenager, Alino dreamed of being a hip hop artist in Congo, where music is the pulse of the country. But like many young people, family demands and expectations that Alino pursue a more stable career put his dreams on hold while he studied petroleum chemistry in a prestigious Congolese university. Never did Alino think that he'd be a rising rap star, and never did he dream it would be while living in exile in Kampala, Uganda. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160722044730 World Refugee Day West Africa: learning to move on http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160623051316 Yaounde, 29 June 2016 - In 2003, refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) began fleeing to Cameroon to escape violence between armed factions who were looting and burning entire villages, kidnapping and killing thousands of people in the process. Approximately 90,000 people from CAR fled to Cameroon during that time, and were welcomed into approximately 300 villages. Most arrived having lost everything. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160623051316 Southern Africa: advocating for education http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160620075417 Johannesburg, 23 June 2016 -- Conflict, war and persecution drive people away from their homes, all too often, with only the clothes on their backs and whatever other possessions they could grab before fleeing. In recognition of these challenges, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Southern Africa ensures that education remains an essential part of rebuilding the lives of displaced people and has witnessed the fact that education irrefutably unlocks potential. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160620075417 World Refugee Day Middle East: beating the odds http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160620082351 <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Beirut, 22 June 2016 -- The Syrian conflict is in its sixth year. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), there are today 4.8 million Syrians who are refugees and an additional 6.5 million are displaced within Syria itself. More than half of these (52%) are children. Tasnim, is one of them. This eight-year old child today lives in Lebanon with her family.</span> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160620082351 VIDEO: World Refugee Day 2016 -- open minds, unlock potential http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160616075047 Rome, 20 June 2016 – As human beings, we are at the mercy of nature, at the mercy of governments, at the mercy of leaders, at the mercy of war. We are at the mercy of forces beyond our control. These forces have caused an unprecedented 60 million people  – mothers, fathers, sisters and children – to flee their homes. Imagine the entire country of Italy in motion: taking trucks, rafts, footpaths and trains; taking children, blankets, clothing and, most often, taking nothing. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20160616075047 Europe: over 125 civil society actors call the EU to tackle conflict minerals http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160614050735 Rome, 14 June 2015 -- Minerals are key components in many everyday products, from mobile phones, laptops, and jewellery, to cars and light bulbs. Civil society organisations have been documenting the links between minerals and these abuses for years, from their role in funding violent armed groups to the use of child labour in mines. It is time for EU governments to take effective legislative action to ensure companies source minerals responsibly, transparently and sustainably. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT http://en.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160614050735