Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:47:52 GMT Indonesia: Newcomers celebrate Independence Day Bogor, 20 October 2017 – Navid*, is one of the students in the Bahasa Indonesia class at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Learning Centre in Bogor, Indonesia. He is a polite, friendly, and passionate young man from Afghanistan. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Global: Symposium on religion and refugees in Europe Rome, 17 October 2017 – A symposium called <i>Religion and Responses to Migrants and Refugees in Europe: The Catholic Church in Comparative Perspective</i> took place in Rome between 12 and 14 October. It was organized by the University of Notre Dame, together with the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Democratic Republic of Congo: Waiting for home Masisi, 13 October 2017 – In the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the territory of Masisi remains entrenched in armed conflict, ethnic violence, and instability. Within this insecure situation, thousands of families flee their homes each year. Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Bangladesh: Responding to the plight of the Rohingya Dhaka, 11 October – The JRS Deputy International Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ, is currently evaluating opportunities to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where over 500,000 people have fled violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 2017. Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: Youth leadership as a tool for peacebuilding and reconciliation Cúcuta, 5 October 2017 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Colombia in Norte de Santander and the youth foundation Quinta con Quinta Crew recently gave their first joint workshop course on Ignatian leadership.  Thu, 05 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Global: JRS releases its 2016 International Annual Report Rome, 3 October 2017 – According to figures published in the latest annual report, the Jesuit Refugee Service reached more than 733,400 refugees and forcibly displaced people in 2016, operating in 51 countries worldwide, a slight increase compared to the previous year. Tue, 03 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT Chad: Darfuri students excel after curriculum transition N'Djamena, 29 September 2017 – More than a decade after the initial onset of conflict in their homeland, Darfuri refugees remain in twelve refugee camps, near the Chadian border with Sudan. In these twelve settlements, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) runs its largest education project worldwide. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT Malawi: Breaking down barriers and opening doors for people with disabilities Dzaleka, 26 September 2017 – Disability services at Dzaleka Refugee Camp are limited, but Higher Education at the Margins (HEM) alumnus Fidel Musiri is working to fill the gap. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT Serbia: A tale of reunification Belgrade, 21 September 2017 –  In the middle of last year, in mid June, I met Amira*. She was a vulnerable young woman with four children and a million worries and sadness on her shoulders, and so much power that the whole world could be saved and fed. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT USA: JRS recognized with the Anne Frank Award Washington DC, 18 September 2017 - The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recognized JRS USA with the Anne Frank Award. The award is given to an American person or organization who has demonstrated a body of work which confronts intolerance, anti Semitism, racism or discrimination, while upholding freedom and equal rights. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT Central African Republic: Condemnation of violence against humanitarian aid workers Bangui, 15 September 2017 - 28,000 people are without humanitarian aid as a result of unprecedented violence against aid workers in Batangafo (CAR). Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT Cameroon: JRS impact on a primary school in Kette Kette, 14 September 2017 - My name is Iya Haman Marcel. I am the Director of the primary school in Kette, a village situated less than 45 km east of the Cameroonian border with the Central African Republic. Thu, 14 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT Syria: When hope returns – Amena’s story Homs, 11 September 2017 - Amena, a thirteen-year old girl, is typical of so many other children her age and younger, who belong to what is regarded as a “lost generation”. Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT Cameroon: The journey of faith of a Jesuit scholastic Batouri, 7 September 2017 - “I’ve learned a lot, and deepened my faith” says Jeevan James, Jesuit scholastic from Karnataka Province, India, about his experience in Cameroon with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). Thu, 07 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT Canada: Fear of refugees and refugee claimants Montréal, 5 September 2017 - The present situation invites us to return to the foundation of our common humanity and to the essential links of solidarity that create societal ties. Tue, 05 Sep 2017 05:00:00 GMT JRS International Director's Keynote speech: A spirit of welcome is the antidote to anxiety Paramatta, 31 August 2017 –  Keynote speech of Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ for the launch of the Diocese of Parramatta year long "Walking with Refugees" Diocesan Journey, in Australia. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT Latin America: Regional declaration regarding the situation of the Venezuelan migrant population Bogota, 28 August 2017 - Venezuela is now experiencing one of the most difficult moments in its recent history, not only politically, but also economically, and socially. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT Eastern Africa: A call to action for the Horn of Africa Nairobi, 24 August 2017 - JRS Eastern Africa and other international organisations have signed a joint letter urging to fully fund education in humanitarian appeals in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT Global: Pope's message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018 Vatican City, 22 August 2017 - Pope Francis' message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees was released by the Vatican yesterday. Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT USA: Communities coming together for refugees Washington DC, 21 August 2017 - This summer communities around the USA have been rallying around refugees – holding events to raise awareness and funds for those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence and persecution. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT Chad: Education is the only way to change the world Goz Beida, 15 August 2017 - In a small village in Eastern Chad where living conditions are harsh and the environment is perpetually hot and dry, Joana Gomes, the Project Director for JRS in Goz Beida, Chad, finds beauty in the surrounding mountains and in the community Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: a peace-building initiative from women on the border Cuaspud, Nariño, 9 August 2017 -  In order to share the tireless work of those that accompany, serve and defend the forcibly displaced or those seeking refuge, women-led peace initiatives supported by local country offices of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Latin America and Caribbean region have been identified and organized. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT Global: “We have to go deeper”, Taizé Reflection week on Migration Taizé, 3 August 2017 - The ecumenical monastic community of Taizé in France organized a reflection week on migration between the 16th and 23rd of July. During the week, around 3,500 young people from different countries gathered there. Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Graduation Day - coming together, learning together Maban, 27 July 2017 - This event was remarkable not because of the number of students, and not because of the patience they showed in the heat. It was remarkable, first, because this was a graduation ceremony –their graduation ceremony. Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMT Central African Republic: Youth are the hope for tomorrow Bambari, 25 July 2017 - Children in Central African Republic have grown up in the context of almost permanent war. They have been recruited sent as cannon fodder to the front lines, forced to fight for one side or the other, to carry out the most appalling atrocities and to suffer quite horrendous violence.  Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 GMT