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Uganda: keeping hope alive this World Refugee Day
Kampala, 20 July 2015 – Witnessing the faces of asylum seekers and refugees beaming with hope was a notable experience during this year’s belated World Refugee Day celebration on 26 June 2015 in Kampala. Under the theme Refugees are regular people too; Get to know them and support them, 300 refugees of all ages came together to celebrate this important day together with JRS staff at the JRS Kampala compound.
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Eastern Africa: JRS celebrates World Refugee Day
Nairobi, 13 July 2015  – Throughout eastern Africa, JRS celebrated World
Refugee Day 2015 alongside refugee communities, implementing partners,
and host communities. In 2015, the region has seen massive influxes of
displaced persons due to new and ongoing conflicts in Burundi,
Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Yemen and more. Commemorating
World Refugee Day is a chance not only to celebrate the rich diversity
of refugees, but also to advocate alongside partners for more humane
treatment of the displaced.
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Kenya and Italy: I was a stranger and you invited me in
Rome, 9 July 2015 – When Pope Francis urged religious congregations to open their empty convents to welcome refugees in September 2013, Mark* never heard about it. Even if he had heard the news, chances are it wouldn’t have grabbed his attention for long. At the time, the 27-year-old was busy getting on with his life in Nairobi.
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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.
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Ethiopia: opening doors to mass influx of refugees
Addis Ababa, 7 July 2015 – As World Refugee Day on 20 June was recognised by refugees and humanitarian agencies around the globe, an important fact also came to light: there have never been as many refugees in our history as there are today. Ethiopia hosts the largest refugee population in Africa with an influx of 100,000 new arrivals since last June.
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Kenya and Italy: we choose hope
Rome, 20 June 2015 – "Opposing the war in Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr, said 'a time comes when silence is betrayal,'" writes Kenyan refugee Antony. "That time has come regarding the refugee crisis. The time has come for all of us to not only speak up, but to act and 'Push forward, not back.'"
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Kenya: journey to self-reliance
Nairobi, 17 June 2015 – As countries around the globe continually implement policies to push back and exclude migrants and refugees, they are missing out on a vital opportunity to push their communities forward. Kenya is no exception.
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JRS Eastern Africa celebrates World Refugee Day
Nairobi, 16 June 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa will host and participate in a variety of events to commemorate World Refugee Day on 20 June, reminding community members that change for a more hospitable world is the responsibility of each of individual.
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World Refugee Day: push forward, not back
Rome, 15 June 2015 – For World Refugee Day this weekend, the Jesuit Refugee Service urges you to remember that the key to change is within each of us. While governments decide to accept or reject refugees, only we have the power to truly welcome them. We must change our fixed view of refugees as 'the other.'
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Kenya: at least here, they won't kill us
Nairobi, 4 June 2015 – In a community centre of a Catholic church in Eastleigh, Nairobi's predominantly Somali neighbourhood and trading hub, women in colourful hijab cram into a windowless room. What was supposed to be a meeting with two refugee women turned into a convention of a dozen. They each wanted their voices heard, despite growing pressure in their neighbourhood to hide, to keep silent.
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Uganda: early childhood education encourages integration
Kampala, 8 June 2015 – Despite the importance of early education to their cognitive, social and emotional development, extreme poverty and discrimination hinders the full development of millions of children. This is especially true for refugee children. Yet the reality is, when made accessible, early education can work wonders.
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Praying with Refugees: education enables self-sufficiency
Washington, DC, 3 June 2015 – "Education is a key in combating the evil of hatred, violence and war," says the Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Peter Balleis SJ. "It is important to get [displaced and refugee] children into school. It is important to keep learning, it is a form of healing in the midst of conflict."
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Eastern Africa: celebrating 25 years of impact
Nairobi, 17 April 2015  – As the Jesuit Refugee Service marks 35 years since its founding in 1980, in Eastern Africa the organisation celebrates 25 years of service to the forcibly displaced as a region.  There are multiple ways of celebrating an anniversary.  JRS Eastern Africa has chosen to highlight its accomplishments, the challenges overcome and the work that is yet to be done.
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Kenya: finding purpose through healing others
Nairobi, 17 December 2014 – Grace* has lived in Kakuma refugee camp for almost as long as the camp has been in existence. She has witnessed her fellow South Sudanese refugees come and go and come back again after each bout of conflict. While she has stayed safe from a damaging war, she has not been immune from a cycle of domestic abuse common for many women refugees.
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Kenya: protection needs increase with refugee influx
Kakuma, 14 January 2015 – Without the opportunity to integrate into Kenyan society due to a strict encampment policy and with low chances of resettlement, most refugees in Kenya spend years living in refugee camps. While they are provided a physical space free from war, camps are not necessarily free from human rights abuses, particularly sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
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Hotter than fire: the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean
Nairobi, 21 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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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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Video: education is hope for refugees
Washington DC, 18 May 2015 — Access to schools and quality education is an urgent priority for all refugee children and youth. Education is the key to a better the future for refugees whatever form that future might take. Education provides a sense of stability, dignity and hope for the future both for refugee children and their families. In this short video, refugees in Chad and Ethiopia share their hopes.
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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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Kakuma: scholarships provide much needed hope to refugees
Kakuma, 14 April 2015 – Soon after the Jesuit Commons:Higher Education at the Margins graduation celebrations subsided in Kakuma and Dzaleka refugee camps, the graduates began actively applying at various universities with a passionate desire to continue their education.
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Praying with refugees
Praying with refugees in South Sudan: God never fails those who trust in Him
Yambio, 7 April 2015 – For more than three decades South Sudan has been engulfed in a sequence of wars. Generations have been born in exile and refugee camps. Those who survived did so in extremely harsh conditions. Yet as an uneasy peace comes to parts of South Sudan, violence breeding hatred continues in the east and northeast. Nobody should face such injustice.
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Video: recreational activities provide hope for young refugees in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, 31 March 2015 — Mai Aini refugee camp is located in north central Ethiopia. The camp is home to about 18,500 refugees from neighboring Eritrea. Many of the camp residents are young. While they spend a few hours a day in school, there are still many hours of the day where they are confronted with the never-ending tedium of camp life.
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South Sudan: overcoming the adversity of war, investing in stronger communities
Nairobi, 30 March 2015 At the end of 2013, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and vice-President Riek Machar, following months of escalating tensions, reached boiling point. Gun battles in the capital Juba quickly escalated to massacres and continued fighting elsewhere in the country, particularly in the eastern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.
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Former UK Minister for Education to join the Jesuit Refugee Service
Rome, 26 January 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is pleased to announce that former education minister, Sarah Teather MP, will join the International Advocacy team on 1 June 2015. As advocacy adviser, Ms Teather will focus on the provision of education for refugee children the Middle East and South Sudan. Ms Teather will stand down from the British Parliament in May 2015, after 13 years in elected politics. For nearly 12 of these years she represented the London constituency of Brent Central, the most ethnically diverse in the United Kingdom. (Photo: Parliamentary Recording Unit)
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