Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:28:10 GMT South Sudan: working toward peace through education Nairobi, 8 October 2015 – The fundamental right of children to education is most at risk during emergencies. Humanitarian crises disrupt education and contribute to higher dropout and lower completion rates. When such emergencies result in displacement, the lack of access to quality education can negatively affect the ability of affected communities to recover and thrive. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT Kenya: university grads redefine their futures Kakuma, 5 October 2015 – Graduates of online college classes at a refugee camp are challenging the notion that the suffering of the past defines their futures. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT Malawi: a father's parting words Dzaleka, Malawi, 2 October 2015 – "The only thing my father left me with was this advice before he died," says Charles, a young man living in a refugee camp. "'I don't have anything to give you, but I ask you to continue with your education. Education will be your mother and father when I am no longer there.'" Fri, 02 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT Pope Francis praises ‘mutual enrichment’ found in welcoming refugees Vatican City, 1 October 2015 – "The presence of migrants and refugees seriously challenges the various societies which accept them," writes Pope Francis in his annual message ahead of the 17 January 2016 World Day of Refugees and Migrants. Identity and finding “mutual enrichment” are the themes of the pope’s message. Thu, 01 Oct 2015 05:00:00 GMT USA: solutions for legal challenges facing asylum seekers Washington, DC, 25 September 2015 – An increasing number of Central Americans have been migrating to the USA, including unaccompanied children. Jesuit law schools are serving asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT Syria: why people flee and why they need protection Aleppo, 24 September 2015 -- JRS Syria director, Fr Nawras Sammour, talks about what daily life in Syria is like. Impossibly high prices for food and water, daily blackouts and destroyed homes are all too common. His interview shows why Syrians flee, why they need safe and legal paths to access asylum in Europe, and above all, why they desperately need peace in order to rebuild their lives and their country. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT Europe: protecting lives comes first Brussels, 17 September 2015 -- JRS Europe is asking governments in Europe to show the same hospitality to refugees that individuals have shown. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT Europe: advocating for refugees who need protection Rome, 14 September 2015 -- "If I do not get a visa, I will consider taking a boat," says a Syrian man who has twice been denied a visa for Europe. The Jesuit Refugee Service is advocating for more flexible immigration policies--and is glad to see the tide turning. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT Europe: letter to EU president -- save lives before winter comes Brussels, 10 September 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service asked the President of the European Union, Donald Tusk, to save refugee lives now before the cold winter months. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT Europe: how you can help refugees Rome, 10 September 2015 – Throughout Europe, JRS and other groups link refugees with people who can help. Check our list to see how you can volunteer, advocate, or host a family. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT Europe: Catholics answer Pope Francis's call to welcome refugees Brussels, 8 September 2015 -- Catholics across Europe are answering Pope Francis's call to show hospitality to refugees. Since the Pope's statement earlier this week, JRS has heard from thousands of people eager to host refugees in their homes, provide clothing or offer other help. Tue, 08 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT Europe: historic wave of welcome for refugees Rome, 7 September 2015 -- As Pope Francis calls Europe's Catholics to welcome refugees and thousands stream into Germany and Austria, "we are witnessing a historic moment," says Peter Balleis SJ, JRS International Director. "Walls are falling down in people's hearts." Mon, 07 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT Praying with refugees in Iraq: 'God wants us to learn something' Erbil, 1 September 2015 -- A young Iraqi woman who fled ISIS with her family talks about her struggles in a camp for displaced people, and how her faith has evolved because of her ordeal. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT Stop refugee deaths: yes we can Brussels, 31 August 2015 – With no alternatives, people fleeing war and oppression try to reach safety in Europe at any cost. All too often they die. Stopping such tragedies is entirely achievable. Now is the time to introduce a European humanitarian visa. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: helping teens who migrate alone Makhado, 30 August 2015 – Simon Muvunza is one of thousands of teenagers who travel to another country by themselves. They are some of the world's most vulnerable migrants. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT Photo gallery: Eritrean refugees' paintings of dangerous journeys Mai Aini, 12 August 2015 -- Powerful images of dangerous journeys as painted by young Eritrean refugees Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: learning in emergencies Maban, 10 August 2015 – In South Sudan's Upper Nile state, a student is more likely to find soldiers occupying their school than teachers preparing lessons. Sixty-three percent of schools are occupied by armed forces. Even more of a rare commodity than functioning school buildings are teachers themselves. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT Kenya: refugee parents cope with autism Nairobi, 3 August  2015 – "In our culture, when people look at my children they believe they have been bewitched. Some people try to marginalise them. They don't understand my family," says David Bulambo, a Congolese refugee in Kenya who is the father of two autistic girls. "We often feel isolated." Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: investing in peace 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. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT Europe: EU leaders failing refugees 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 Lebanon: refugee children counting on school <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 Thailand: helping survivors of sexual violence 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 Jordan and Lebanon: Syrian refugees face food cuts 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 Kenya: never fail to try 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 Chad: Darfur refugees find hope in education 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