Jesuit Refugee Service http://www.jrs.net Latest News and Information Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:00:30 GMT South Sudan: investing in peace http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150728055930 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 in protest of injustice. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150728055930 Europe: EU leaders failing refugees http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150722082700 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150722082700 Lebanon: refugee children counting on school http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150720033419 <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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150720033419 Thailand: helping survivors of sexual violence http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150716024809 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150716024809 Jordan and Lebanon: Syrian refugees face food cuts http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150709080745 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150709080745 Kenya: never fail to try http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150706074908 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150706074908 Chad: Darfur refugees find hope in education http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150630044800 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150630044800 United States: legal challenges facing Central American migrants http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150622030903 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150622030903 Kenya and Italy: we choose hope http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150611111600 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150611111600 South Africa: shining a light in xenophobia's darkness http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150612063359 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150612063359 Australia: any door will do when you're in danger http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150611104625 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150611104625 Kenya: journey to self-reliance http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150611103014 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150611103014 World Refugee Day: push forward, not back http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150609094306 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150609094306 Praying with Refugees: education enables self-sufficiency http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20150603074235 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 http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20150603074235 Asia Pacific: NGOs sign a joint statement calling for regional cooperation to address the migrant crisis http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150529100129 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150529100129 Jordan: finding leadership and purpose in education http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150716032448 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150716032448 South Sudan: seeds of peace at crossroads of displacement http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150519084316 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 http://www.jrs.net/campaign_detail?TN=PROJECT-20150519084316 Malta: No Giving Up! Stories of unfinished journeys http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150518042011 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150518042011 South Africa: marching in solidarity http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150514100338 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 http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150514100338 Praying with refugees in South Africa: why Catholics should be concerned about xenophobia http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20150430084538 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 http://www.jrs.net/Prayers_Detail?TN=DTN-20150430084538 Nepal: Jesuits respond to earthquake http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150430045307 Rome, Washington DC, 30 April 2015 – Last Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has left more than 5,000 people dead, 10,000 injured, thousands more homeless, and untold numbers isolated in remote villages. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, numbers are expected to rise as aid workers and search and rescue teams access remote areas closer to the epicentre of the earthquake. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150430045307 Thailand: fire sweeps across refugee camp http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150427071116 Rome, 27 April 2015 – More than 1,000 refugees, mostly minors, lost their homes on 7 April after a fire destroyed much of Ban Mai Nai Soi camp in the Mae Hong Son province, Muang district, northwest Thailand. Although no lives were lost in the fire, believed to have been the result of a cooking accident, wide scale damage in the camp includes the destruction of a Buddhist temple, three offices, a primary school and 186 homes. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150427071116 Italy: those seeking asylum are seeking help from you http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150424024255 Rome, 24 April 2015 – The number of asylum applications in Italy increased by 143 percent in 2014, reaching a new record of 64,886, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Italy annual report. While great strides have been made to accommodate refugees and asylum seekers, more needs to be done by the Italian and European authorities to welcome and integrate the newcomers. During the presentation of the report in Rome yesterday, JRS called for a cultural shift in Europe towards hospitality and solidarity. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150424024255 Europe: opportunity to prioritise saving lives lost http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150424055425 Rome, Brussels, 24 April 2015 – The EU has yet again failed to prioritise saving the lives of people fleeing conflict and persecution. The Jesuit Refugee Service sincerely hopes last night's European Council decision to increase resources to Frontex will lead to improved 'search and rescue' of forced migrants crossing the Mediterranean. But JRS fears the consequences of the raft of measures designed to prevent forced migrants from gaining access to the protection they are so desperately seeking. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150424055425 Europe: save lives now! No more deaths in the Mediterranean http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150421034637 Brussels, Rome, 21 April 2015 – As the death toll in the Mediterranean reaches record proportions, Europe's first priority must be to implement a full-scale search and rescue operation. Saving human life must come first. Europe should follow the example of Italy. Now is the time for extraordinary action. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.jrs.net/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20150421034637