Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:40:38 GMT Global: Wider community protection for refugees Taizé, 15 August 2018 – This year the Jesuit Refugee Service was invited to participate in an interfaith meeting and workshop series organised by the Taizé Community in Burgundy, France. JRS International Advocacy Officer, Amaya Valcarcel, reflects on her time at the meeting among such a diverse and welcoming community. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Fostering peace through sports Yambio, 10 August 2018 – Imagine a world where sport is used to settle conflicts instead of violence. Wishful thinking? Not at all. A JRS Yambio project in South Sudan has made this a reality.  Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT World Humanitarian Day - South Sudan: It is a passion Yambio, 19 August 2018 – After three years working with JRS, Mr Omollo, the JRS Project Director in Yambio, South Sudan, says he has learned that humanitarian work is not just like any other work – it is a passion. Thu, 09 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT Jordan: This is why I am here Amman, 7 August 2018 – Ahmed, a member of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Jordan Home Visits Team, knocks on the ornate metal door a few times. After the shuffling of feet, Faheem* opens the door and invites Ahmed inside. Tue, 07 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: Giving up is not an option Johannesburg & Pretoria, 3 August 2018 – Last month, JRS South Africa celebrated the graduation of 221 refugees and asylum seekers from the Arrupe Women’s Skill Centre and Pretoria Skill Centre. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT Iraq: Remembering the Yazidi Genocide in Sinjar Duhok, 3 August 2018 - Four years after the genocide of Yazidi people in the Sinjar/Shingal district of northern Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Yazidis are still displaced in camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. An estimated 100,000 fled to neighbouring countries and beyond in search of safety and a new beginning, while as many as 3,000 abducted Yazidis are still missing. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: The Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus Rome, 31 July 2018 – So much of the political rhetoric we hear about refugees is focused not on the greater but on the lesser. Refugees are painted as security threats, economic burdens, or cultural invaders; St Ignatius would tell us instead to act with the generosity of Jesus, who gave everything. Tue, 31 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Thailand: Refugees find safe haven in sports Bangkok, 26 July 2018 <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 14px;font-style: normal;font-variant-ligatures: normal;font-variant-caps: normal;font-weight: 400;letter-spacing: normal;orphans: 2;text-align: -webkit-left;text-indent: 0px;text-transform: none;white-space: normal;widows: 2;word-spacing: 0px;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);text-decoration-style: initial;text-decoration-color: initial;display: inline !important;float: none;">–</span> A group of Pakistani refugees stand in position in a small sheltered cricket field in Bangkok. The bowler throws the ball forcefully. The batsman hits it hard and runs to the other side of the field. He scores! His team cheers. Thu, 26 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Venezuela: Our mission Caracas, July 23, 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Venezuela is responding to the country’s ongoing humanitarian crisis. JRS Venezuela understands that protection mechanisms for Venezuelans must be constructed communally, weaving social and humanitarian issues into the same thread of intervention. Mon, 23 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Uganda: I will get there Adjumani, 20 July 2018 – “My aim is not satisfying myself with knowledge but having a knowledge that is going to be beneficial for others,” says Vumilia Ameshinda reflecting on his future. Fri, 20 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Angola: 17 years later Fr Thomas H. Smolich SJ, International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), reflects on his trip to Angola where he visited JRS projects in Viana and Dundo. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Myanmar: Providing love and learning through education Myitkyina, 13 July 2018 <span class="StoryBody">–</span> Roi San, a 24-year old woman, is serving as a volunteer teacher at a Catholic school in the town of Myitkyina in Myanmar’s Kachin State. She began teaching in this school two years ago after graduating from a JRS-supported teacher training course. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Colombia: The challenges of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis Bogotá, 10 July 2018 – An estimated fifty thousand people cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia daily. As of December 2017, according to data from Colombia’s central immigration authority (Migración Colombia), over half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Colombia. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Cameroon: The leading women of Ketté Yaoundé, 6 July 2018 – I was given the wonderful opportunity to visit the refugee camps where JRS works in the Ketté region of eastern Cameroon. It was a trip amongst beautiful green jungles, through washed-out bridges, and over countless crevice-like ruts. Fri, 06 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Europe: Three years after the EU Migration Agenda – report launch Brussels, 3 July 2018 – In “Forgotten at the gates of Europe,” JRS Europe documents how migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees experience Europe’s external borders. Tue, 03 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT Bangladesh: Psychosocial support for Rohingya children Cox’s Bazaar, 29 June 2018 – Joint JRS and Caritas staff particpated in a pyschosocial support workshop in preparation of the launch of six child friendly spaces (CFS) in Teknaf refugee camp, Bangladesh. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT USA: JRS Calls for Recognition of the Rights and Dignity of Children and Families Seeking Asylum Washington, 27 June 2018 – JRS/USA urges the U.S. Government to take necessary action to ensure that asylum seekers arriving in the U.S. are not criminally punished for trying to seek protection. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: Returning to childhood Beirut, 25 June 2018 – The sound of elated voices can be heard down the street. Joyful exclamations and laughs bounce between building and back alley. These are the sounds of children at recess: playing house or make-believe, spinning tops, and climbing on jungle-gyms. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Chad: To be a child again Goz Beïda, 22 June 2018 – More than half of school-aged refugee children in Chad are not enrolled in school.  Many of the more than 100,000 unenrolled children were born in refugee camps after their families fled conflict in their native Darfur. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT World Refugee Day: 4 Words to Open the World Rome, 20 June 2018 <span class="StoryBody">–</span> Pope Francis has urged the global community to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Wishes for a joyful ‘Id al-Fitr Rome, 15 June 2018 – On the occasion of ‘Id al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan, JRS joins our Muslim friends in thanking the Almighty for the blessings brought by this sacred time. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Global: Call for applications for Education in Emergencies course Rome, 13 June 2018 – Applications are open for this year’s edition of the Education in Emergencies course, organised and co-hosted by the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University. This time the course will be held in Beirut from September 24-28. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Europe: Secondary movements - Necessary result of a flawed system Brussels, 11 June 2018 <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black">– </span>Ask any politician in Europe what a priority in the reform of the EU’s asylum system should be, and they will probably talk about preventing ‘secondary movements’. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT Myanmar: Conflict on the rise in Kachin State Bangkok, 7 June 2018 – Since the beginning of this year, the conflict between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has intensified in many parts of Myanmar’s Kachin State. Thu, 07 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT South Africa: Helping to Heal, Providing Hope Johannesburg, 4 June 2018 -  JRS in South Africa provides health care to infirmed refugees and asylum seekers, and the care they provide goes far beyond the healing of illness. Mon, 04 Jun 2018 05:00:00 GMT