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Europe: hotter than fire – the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean
Nairobi, 22 May 2015 – The repeated tragedy of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, 'conjures up an eerie spectre of the transatlantic slave trade', says Nigerian Jesuit Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator. The revulsion with which we now react to the slave trade should also apply to this modern-day crisis, and must inform our thinking and action in response to it.
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Malta-Libya: 'this is my country; I do what I like'
Valletta, 21 May 2015 – The asylum seekers interviewed were not always certain who was imprisoning them, even if the guards wore military fatigues, as members of militia groups sometimes wear them too. However the common denominator of the treatment they received in all places of detention was the impunity with which their captors behaved. In a word, the guards could do exactly as they pleased – taunt, torture, rape, even kill – without being apparently accountable to anybody.
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South Sudan: seeds of peace at crossroads of displacement
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.
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Asia Pacific: lack of regional cooperation leaves Rohingya in dire straits
Bangkok, 19 May 2015 – For decades, countries in the Asia Pacific region have closed their borders to Rohingya migrants, leaving little space for protection. The Jesuit Refugee Service is deeply concerned with the rapidly deteriorating situation the Rohingya are facing in the region and calls for urgent regional cooperation to save lives.
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Malta: No Giving Up! Stories of unfinished journeys
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.
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South Africa: marching in solidarity
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.
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Malta: '300 people drinking from the same tap'
Valletta, 14 May 2015 – Conditions in the places where the asylum seekers interviewed were imprisoned – regardless of who was running them – were uniformly poor. Some places were slightly better than others: the food was more plentiful, of better quality, and sometimes there were beds, when space allowed. However overcrowding, poor ventilation and sanitation, overheating, arbitrary access to fresh air, and a lack of food and of safe and palatable drinking water characterised the asylum seekers' stay in detention in Libya. Their claims are amply backed by the findings of human rights delegations that visited places of detention.
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Syria: family volunteers in Aleppo
Brussels, 8 May 2015 – Prior to the outbreak of conflict in Syria, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) managed a number of small projects assisting Iraqi refugees living in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs. The JRS centres were places where people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds came together. While Syrian communities peaceful coexisted together, for many there was a sense of distance between them, an invisible barrier. When violence erupted in Syria in 2011, these JRS centres would experience profound transformations.
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Eastern Africa: child protection streamlined through projects
Nairobi, 5 May 2015 – Ayaan* is the top student in her class. Born to Somali refugees in Nairobi, she hopes to be a surgeon one day. However, for months last year she had to suspend her studies after being intimidated, threatened and beaten by young men in her community.
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Praying with refugees in South Africa: why Catholics should be concerned about xenophobia
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.
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