Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:29 GMT Malawi: Dzaleka secondary students compete in national Math Olympiad, look to the future Dzaleka, 15 February 2017 - Three students from the JRS-run Dzaleka Community Secondary School made school history by being the school's first-ever participants in Malawi's nationwide Math Olympiad, a week-long math competition held at Mzuzu University in January.  Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:00:00 GMT Entreculturas and JRS join the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network for the cause of child soldiers 9 February 2017 - On the occasion of the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers on 12 February 2017, Entreculturas and the Jesuit Refugee Service join Pope Francis' monthly intention to pray and mobilise for the end of the use of child soldiers, in collaboration with the Pope Worldwide Prayer Network. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:00:00 GMT Halwo’s tale – My land is yours to have 19 January 2017 - She didn't want her face splayed on photographs or her real name printed in bold on pages of unknown, unimaginably far-away newspapers. But Halwo* wanted people to know. To know that lives of the other are here, present and stingingly overlooked. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 GMT Cameroon: Reconciliation through income-generating projects Boubara, 11 January 2017 - Reconciliation - understood as the restoration of social cohesion through socio-economic development - offers the opportunity to gather communities around common projects. All parties are thus involved in activities related to the common good, rather than centred on particular or individual interests. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 GMT End of year message from the International Director 2016 has been memorable for shadows and lights. One shadow hovering over our world is the reality of 65 million refugees and displaced people - the highest number in our history. We are all acutely aware of places like Aleppo and Athens. Yet JRS also works where those on the move are off the radar. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Syria: JRS calls for safe passage and security to all civilian population in Aleppo Beirut, 23 December 2016 - The escalation of violence with the continued shelling in Aleppo (both in the eastern and western parts) for the greater part of the last couple of months, has been a cause of great concern to the Jesuit Refugee Service. Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Syria: Laila, art is in her heart Beirut, 21 December 2016 - Al- Zabadani is a beautiful and popular hill town in South western Syria not far from the Lebanon border. For almost five years now it has been a battleground between rebels and the Syrian Army. This picturesque town now stands ravaged with several of its inhabitants seeking refuge in other safer zones in Syria or in another country. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Syria: JRS serves displaced in Aleppo - UPDATE 20 December 2016 Beirut, 20 December 2016 — The people of Aleppo continue to live in an environment of violence even as more people are evacuated from Foah and Kafraya to the collective shelters in the Jibreen areas. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Uganda: A joint appeal to end violence in South Sudan Kampala, 15 December 2016 - On the third anniversary of the outbreak of violence in South Sudan in December 2013, the Government of Uganda Office of the Prime Minister, six UN agencies and eleven humanitarian organisations in Uganda are appealing to the world to bring an end to the suffering of the South Sudanese people. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Italy: A journey of faith through displacement Rome, 7 December 2016 - Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, speaking in Geneva in December 2012, said "for the vast majority of uprooted people there are few things as powerful as their faiths in helping them cope with fear, loss, separation and destitution." Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Malawi: Vocational education provides independence Dzaleka Refugee Camp, 6 December 2016 — Eureka left the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her son after her husband, a journalist, was killed. She's now a refugee here in Dzaleka, where a Jesuit Refugee Service training course provided new skills and hopes for her future. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Global: Remembering Fr. Kolvenbach’s commitment to refugees Rome, 2 December 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service family remembers Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, who died in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 November. Fr Kolvenbach served as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus for almost twenty-five years and carried forward Fr. Arrupe’s legacy. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 GMT Chad: Promoting girls education through theatre Iriba, 28 November 2016 - “Our society thinks that daughters are only for reproduction, for taking care of the children at home and for looking after the household. This view demotes women, their image and their role in society” says Nafisa, a librarian at the JRS Youth Centre in Amnabak Refugee Camp. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT Chad: Promoting girls education through theatre Iriba, 28 November 2016 - “Our society thinks that daughters are only for reproduction, for taking care of the children at home and for looking after the household. This view demotes women, their image and their role in society” says Nafisa, a librarian at the JRS Youth Centre in Amnabak Refugee Camp. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT Afghanistan: Expanding education opportunities for girls Washington DC, 24 November 2016 – While many international aid organizations have pulled out of Afghanistan in recent years, Jesuit Refugee Service remains committed to helping educate the country's youth – particularly girls and those from marginalized groups. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT USA: Higher education, vocational training are key to improving refugee lives Washington DC, 21 November 2016 – Fr. David Holdcroft S.J. believes an education is among the most practical gifts JRS can offer. During his six-years as regional director of Jesuit Refugee Service Southern Africa, he and his staff developed and implemented educational programs that offered inspiration and tangible benefits to the refugees they served. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT Cambodia: Srey Puth creates change through education Battambang, 14 November 2016 - Srey Puth is a young and dynamic Cambodian woman. She was born in the late eighties in a refugee camp at the Thai-Cambodia border. During that time war ravaged the region. Armed groups planted the earth with landmines and cluster bombs all over the country.  Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT Chad: they took our country from us Goz Beida, 31 October 2016 – The militants were moving around from village to village where we lived in Darfur. We lived every day, hearing gunshots in the distance, hoping we weren't next. That was wishful thinking. Soon enough they of course arrived to our village, Omharu, burning everything they didn't want to steal. Ten of my neighbours died; I can name all those men.  Mon, 31 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT Malawi: Refugee completes long journey to become medical doctor Dzaleka, 27 October 2016 — Mirreille reached Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi in 2000, at the age of eight. She does not remember why or under what circumstances they had to flee the country of her birth, Rwanda, as she was only two years old when the genocide of 1994 occurred. All she recalls was that her father had been killed and she remembers snippets of his funeral. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT Chad: Grace's Tale – Daring to Dream Djabal, 21 October 2016 – Grace*, a Sudanese refugee woman and a single mother of six children living in Djabal, Chad, has struggled for an education and a better life. When violence broke out in her village, Grace and her family were forced to flee. She lost her husband in Sudan and during their flight she was separated from her children. She reunited with them later near the Chadian border, and together they reached safety in Djabal. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: In support of the peace agreement Bogotà, 7 October 2016 - The Commission on Forced Migration, Exile and Reconciliation wishes to extend its greetings to Colombians living abroad, in particular the victims of the armed conflict, as well as exiles and refugees. Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT Italy: Educate a refugee, “Let children be children” Rome, 6 October 2016 - "I was sad that I did not get to say goodbye to my teachers and my friends in school because they had become my family. My teachers were like my guardians; the ones that led me through life.” Mary was an 11 year-old girl living in Nairobi, Kenya where she enjoyed her childhood with her two elder brothers. Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT USA: Lampedusa tour will support education for refugees around the world Washington, DC, October 5, 2016 — <b><i>Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees</i></b> begins Thursday and will be headlined by Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids. Robert Plant, Joan Baez, and Ron Sexsmith are joining the Lampedusa tour in select cities this month, with Ruby Amanfu and Nancy And Beth also performing. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT USA: Robert Plant joins 'Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees' 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 Global: Jesuits to hold worldwide meeting to elect new Father General 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