Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:38:44 GMT <link></link> <description /> <pubDate>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT</pubDate> <guid></guid> </item> <item> <title>France: longing for a space to call home Paris, 24 July 2014 &amp;ndash; When I want to take a shower, I look at my body. For example here, this is from a cigarette. My hand is broken. You can see they used acid to burn off the tattoo I got for my mother. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: space to heal in an unequal society Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 &amp;ndash; Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Australia: Jesuit Refugee Service concerned about asylum seekers from Sri Lanka Sydney, 11 July 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is deeply concerned about reports that Australia has intercepted two boatloads of Sri Lankan asylum seekers near Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands and planned a mid-ocean transfer to the Sri Lankan Navy after conducting a mere four-question assessment of their asylum claim via video link. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan director Rome, 7 July 2014 – This past week marked a month&apos;s time since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan Director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan. This past month has been a painful time for Prem&apos;s family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all of us in JRS. Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope. All the information we have continues to suggest that he is alive and he remains in Afghanistan. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Global: reflections from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict London, 4 July 2014 &amp;ndash; Hosted by Secretary of State William Hague and actress and Special Envoy for the UNHCR Angelina Jolie, last week&apos;s Global Summit in London took upon itself the impressive task of ending sexual violence in conflict. Armed with the ubiquitous hashtag #TimeToAct, the summit aimed to create &quot;irreversible momentum&quot; that will help, in the words of Jolie, to &quot;apply our protective instinct to the world&apos;s most vulnerable people&quot;. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: space to learn Beirut, 3 July 2014 &amp;ndash; How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? Lebanon, a country of four million in 2010 is now hosting more than a million Syrian refugees, roughly half are school-aged. A country that is roughly the size of Delaware, or quarter the size of Switzerland &amp;ndash; is at its widest point, only 70 km across. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Malawi: space to become community leaders Dzaleka, 2 July 2014 &amp;ndash; While most of the 18,000 people living in Dzaleka camp dream of leaving, 23 refugees have taken the initiative to turn this not-so-temporary camp into a community. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Praying with refugees in South Asia: hope allows us to survive Delhi, 1 July 2014 – &quot;I see hope shining brightly before me. I see my children walking freely without fear. I have forgotten my arduous journey. It was like crossing the Red Sea in the Old Testament. It took me some time to forgive the people who destroyed the lives of many families, including mine, from my homeland. Now it&apos;s all over and I see a lot of hope ahead of us&quot;, said Matink*, a Burmese Chin refugee, with tears in her eyes. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Video: Asia Pacific, when home is not a safe place Bangkok, 1 July 2014 &amp;ndash;&amp;nbsp;JRS Asia Pacific team members surveyed tourists and JRS staff in Bangkok about where they feel safe and how their experience compares to that of the approximately 8,000 refugees seeking safety in Bangkok right now. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT Jordan: space to be together Irbid, 27 June 2014 &amp;ndash; In an unassuming building on a quiet street in Irbid, you&apos;ll find Syrian mothers dressed alike in heavy black coats and hijabs chatting around a conference table over bread and coffee while their children attend kindergarten in the room next door. It&apos;s crammed, but they are used to it now, many living in crowded apartments since they arrived in Jordan. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Video: France, Jesuit Refugee Service Welcome Project, the host family experience Paris, 24 June 2014 &amp;ndash;&amp;nbsp; Each night, thousands of people sleep on the streets of Paris. Some are asylum seekers and refugees. Jesuit Refugee Service France has set up a network of families and religious communities to host them until they can find stable housing. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Video: France, Jesuit Refugee Service Welcome Project, the refugee experience Paris, 24 June 2014 &amp;ndash; Each night, thousands of people sleep on the streets of Paris. Some are asylum seekers and refugees. Jesuit Refugee Service France has set up a network of families and religious communities to host them until they can find stable housing. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Video: Lebanon, space to learn Beirut, 23 June 2014 &amp;ndash; How can a country educate every child when its population has expanded by 25% in less than four years? To address the needs of Syrian refugee students, some Lebanese schools have two shifts to double their capacity. Others have to turn people away. In communities around the country, from the Bekaa Valley to the Mediterranean coast, the Jesuit Refugee Service is creating schools for Syrian children in areas where educational opportunities weren&apos;t previously available. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Kenya: decades of refugee integration shaken Nairobi, 20 June 2014 &amp;ndash; Imagine waking up one morning to find a story in the newspaper saying you have to move to a refugee camp. After fleeing your home and struggling for years to make a life for yourself in Kenya &amp;ndash; learning the language, getting an education &amp;ndash; you are being displaced again. This time you are being sent 800km away to the desert. This happened not once, but twice in the last 18 months. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT World Refugee Day statement: finding safe spaces together Rome, 20 June 2014 &amp;ndash; Today on World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service commemorates the courage and endurance of the millions of people forced to flee their homes, and the many who welcome them into their communities. In the last 12 months, the numbers of people displaced due to conflict &amp;ndash; more than two-thirds from Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic &amp;ndash; and human rights abuses have reached 50 million. Mass displacement is at a 20 year high, on a scale not seen since the wars in former Yugoslavia. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT France: more than space to live, the Welcome project Paris, 20 June 2014 &amp;ndash; Swastik came from a normal family in rural Bangladesh. Her father was a farmer and her mother a tailor. Most of her life was not so different from those around her, until her sister was kidnapped and murdered and she was forced to flee for her life. Without going into the details of exactly what happened, it is suffice to say she was persecuted. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Syria: daily heroism witnessed by Caritas Switzerland Rome, 19 June 2014 – Yesterday marked the 2014 Prix Caritas ceremony in Lucerne, Switzerland. Nawras Sammour SJ, the Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East North Africa Director, received the award on behalf of JRS Syria. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Jordan: we are all messengers of peace, says Pope Francis Amman, 16 June 2014 – Amid a crowd of twenty thousand, Pope Francis was welcomed to Amman, Jordan with cheering and festivities. Although his visit to the Holy Land was brief, his presence in the region was a morale boost to many in such times of turmoil and anxiety. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Australia: calling for an end to detention of children Sydney, 13 June 2014 –&#xa0;The Jesuit Refugee Service has called for Australia to end to the detention of children and for the Immigration Minister to relinquish his role as detained children&apos;s official guardian to avoid an ongoing conflict of interest. JRS said that the facilities in which 833 children are currently being held are inappropriate and that all children in detention should be immediately released. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT International: Pax Christi International Peace Award 2014 given to JRS Syria Rome,7 June 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria has been awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Award for 2014. The award is given to JRS for &quot;the outstanding dedication in providing humanitarian relief to Syrians since 2011&quot;. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Praying with Refugees in Thailand: hope in a foreign land Bangkok, 6 June 2014 – Bright light was filtering through the rainbow paned glass in the Jesuit chapel as the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific staff from the Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand all gathered around Amber*, a small baby in the arms of her parents, Sheeba* and Dawood*, from Pakistan. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Afghanistan: Jesuit Refugee Service director kidnapped 34km from Herat city Rome, 3 June 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that on Monday afternoon its country director, Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, was abducted by a group of unidentified men in western Afghanistan. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT Vatican City: end sexual violence in conflict Rome, 28 May 2014 – On Tuesday 3 June at 12 noon (Rome time), Vatican Radio English, in cooperation with the British Embassy to the Holy See, will host a studio discussion: &quot;End Sexual Violence in Conflict: #TimeToAct&quot;. Wed, 28 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT Burundi: Jesuit Refugee Service responds to severe flooding Bujumbura, 23 May 2014 – Severe flooding in Burundi has affected thousands of people around the capital, Bujumbura. The death toll since February&apos;s initial flooding is at least 77. Displaced communities have been among the most affected. Fri, 23 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT