Jesuit Refugee Service Latest News and Information Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:32:28 GMT Central African Republic: Displaced student voices Bambari, 23 June 2017 -  Between September 2016 and February 2017, more than 100,000 new internal displaced persons have been forced to flee their homes in Central African Republic. Here are some testimonies from a group of young survival and JRS students. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: JRS International Director visits for World Refugee Day Baalbek, 22 June 2017 - While visiting JRS projects in Middle East, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, JRS International Director, celebrated World Refugee Day with the staff and the students of the JRS-run schools in Baalbek, Lebanon. Read his interview.  Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Global: Joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day 2017 Vatican, 20 June 2017 - To mark World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service partners with many other Catholic organisations to call for the world to build bridges of solidarity with our refugee sisters and brothers, not walls. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Malawi: Community journalists support and empower fellow refugees Dzaleka, 16 June 2017 – As I walked up to Hugo he had a camera and phone in his hands and was talking with friends. As a community journalist, Hugo, 22 years old, is assigned with documenting and disseminating news and events happening at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT World Refugee Day: Education opens the world Rome, 14 June 2017 - To mark this year’s World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are launching “Education opens the world”, a campaign advocating for educational access for refugees and displaced people around the world, a fundamental right they are too often deprived of because of their displacement. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Syria: What if I had to flee? Rome, 12 June 2017 - Prior to the conflict, my family and I were involved in private businesses including a printing house, a woven label factory, agricultural products manufacturing, and clothing. When the crisis started in 2012, I decided I needed to do something. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Angola: Responding to the emergency situation Dundo, 9 June 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service and UNHCR are responding to the emergency situation in the province of Lunda Norte, Angola, providing support to thousands of Congolese fleeing violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fri, 09 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Greece: Impossible choices Athens, 7 June 2017 - For Zeinab, growing up in Sanandaj, Iran, a mid-sized city known as a centre of Kurdish culture, should have been an experience as normal as any other. But now Zeinab is living in a refugee camp in Athens, Greece, a country that hosts thousands of refugees Europe prefers to forget.  Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Democratic Republic of Congo: support access to secondary education Masisi, 25 May 2017- For Saint Ignatius, education was the gateway to the path that leads to God, but crossing the threshold of this gateway is far from easy in today’s world. In the Jesuit tradition, we have gained extensive experience over the centuries, experience which tells us that human beings reach their full potential only when their intellectual development is fully stimulated.  Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT France: opening doors, horizons and minds Paris, 22 May 2017 – As France recently elected its new President, the director of JRS France, Antoine Paumard SJ, looks back on a year full of new challenges, but also new hope for greater collaboration and hospitality for refugees from civil society. Mon, 22 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT Central African Republic: Serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation Bangui, 3 May 2017 - The INGOs, members of the Coordination Committee, who are signatories of this note, express their serious concerns about the deteriorating security situation, as well as its impacts as regards human rights violations, humanitarian access to vulnerable populations, the upsurge in needs as well as their own resources and response capacities. Wed, 03 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT Iraq: Determined to build a new life Erbil, 02 May 2017 - There is a steely determination in Zozan. As you listen to this 25-year old woman, you know she will go places. She shares what she would like to do most in life: to learn new languages and to travel to distant lands.  Tue, 02 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: ‘I want the children of the world to hear my story Baalbek, 24 April 2017 - Randa is a courageous woman that has braved all odds. Over the years, she has seen and experienced hunger and deprivation, bombardments and suffering, destruction and death. Randa, however, is not one to be defeated. She has an indomitable spirit.  Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: A senseless war Maban, 21 April 2017 - We are devastated by the recent turn of events here in South Sudan. After five long decades of war with the north, South Sudan became independent in 2011. Soon after that, in December 2013, the current conflict, a full scale civil war this is threatening the very existence of the youngest nation in the world. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: Running for refugees Rome, 19 April 2017 - South Sudan, a brand new country wracked by famine and riven by civil war, is a troubled place in north central Africa. It is a place close to my heart. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) where I work has been providing education services to the southern Sudanese for 24 years. Since gaining its independence in 2011, South Sudan continues to suffer.  Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: The FVDL Centre encourages Roula to pursue her dreams Bourj Hammoud, 13 April 2017 - “I want to do everything,” says Roula coyly but with a sense of determination. The ‘everything’ seems to be the mission statement of the life of this vibrant fourteen-year-old girl. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT South Sudan: In love with a displaced God Maban, 5 April 2017 - I hail from Barcelona, Catalonia. I joined the Society of Jesus in 2000 with a deep desire to serve the poor. This initial impulse has been refined and purified from just serving to something deeper and more reciprocal, which is journeying with those at the margins of history and society. I have been privileged to be able to be with JRS for some years now.  Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT Iraq: Becoming self-reliant Erbil, 1 April 2017 - Avin has turned her back on the hate and violence, which she and her family have had to experience for a good part of the war in Syria since 2011.  Avin was born and brought up in a Kurdish town of Qamishlo in north –east Syria, not far from the Turkish border. These past years have been very difficult for the inhabitants of the town. Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT Jordan: Dreaming a future in a foreign land Amman, 28 March 2017 - Al Marekh is a suburb of Amman in Jordan. Today it is home to several refugees from Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. Rentals for accommodation are not as high here as in the central areas of the city, but they keep escalating every year. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: Finding home in a new place Jbeil, 27 March 2017 – Nada and Zakiya, two teenage Syrian refugee girls, share their stories of flight and finding a new home in Lebanon. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Jordan: A ray of hope Al-Hussein, 24 March 2017 - ‘Aisha’ is a special name in the Arab world and has a range of meanings from ‘she who lives’ to ‘philosophical one’. When Aisha was born eighteen years ago in Homs in Syria, she was a gift to her parents. As she grew up, she had dreams and hopes for a good education, a happy family, and a comfortable and prosperous life. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Lebanon: School allows students to dream of the future Bourj Hammoud, 22 March 2017 – My name is Mariyam and I am from Syria. I was born on July 11th, 2000 in Idlib, Jisr El Shughour. I studied up to first grade in Idlib. I was very young when I had to leave my classes and my relatives to move to Damascus, Duma, because of my father’s work. We were surprised by what we found.  Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT SYRIA: Update on situation in Damascus Damascus, 21 March 2017 - The capital of Syria, awoke this morning with a terrible explosion around 0500 hrs in the Joubar area of the city. Ever since, there has been heavy rocket and mortar attacks in the Al-Abbassyin square, Kassaa, Bab-Touma, Mazraa and Jaramana neighbourhoods of the city. As of now (9.30 am), we have unaware of the number of fatalities or of those injured, in this latest round of violence. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Syria: Finding community at the Alberto Hurtado Centre Jaramana, 20 March 2017 - Mahmoud seems to have seen it all in just about thirteen years of his earthly existence: war and violence, displacement and flight, rejection and loneliness, hard work and helplessness. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Syria: Shattered dreams but embers of hope Jaramana, 17 March 2017 - They lived not far in Rural Damascus and had a comfortable life: a young couple with three children. He with a secure job, drawing a salary, which was able to provide for his family more than the basic amenities of life. She looked forward to a career in law, once the children had completed their schooling. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT