South Sudan: education in response to a grave emergency
Nairobi, 11 February 2016 –"I've lived through three decades of war and
I've never experienced as much violence as I did a few weeks ago," said
South Sudanese Sister Elizabeth Waraga, Jesuit Refugee Service Education
Coordinator working in Yambio, South Sudan. Last month heavy gun fire
between government and opposition forces rained on the small South
Sudanese town of Yambio and Sister Elizabeth and her colleagues hid for
hours.
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Global: International Day of Prayer and Awareness for Human Trafficking
Rome, 8 February 2016 – The millions of refugees who cross international borders seeking protection often find themselves in danger and devoid of the human rights guaranteed to them by international law. Whether en-route through lawless territory, struggling to survive in under-resourced camps or homeless in inhospitable urban centres, many refugees are ripe for exploitation by criminal groups.
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Kenya: 'they want me to be silent'
Kakuma, 6 February 2016 – I am a 25-year-old Somali woman living in Kenya. I am a refugee activist working to counter sexual violence in my community. Here in Kakuma refugee camp, many young girls, especially Somali girls, under the age of 16 or so have undergone female genital mutilation. They really suffer from this. Infections are common, women can die in child birth and they suffer from a lot of pain. I've seen the consequences and felt this pain myself.
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Kakuma: student snapshots
Kakuma, 15 January 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service began to provide higher education to refugees and host community members in Kakuma refugee camp three years ago by bringing online courses from Jesuit universities around the world into a virtual classroom in the camp. Since then 69 students have graduated with diplomas in Liberal Studies, concentrating in either business or education.
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Kenya: higher education inspires a brighter future
Kakuma, 13 January 2016 – When refugees arrive in Kakuma refugee camp
they are tasked with a seemingly impossible challenge: to rebuild their
lives from scratch.
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Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – Yesterday, Pope Francis spoke out for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be celebrated on 17 January. In his speech, "Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy," the Pope says that refugees and migrants are "people whose dignity is to be protected and who are capable of contributing to progress and the general welfare."
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South Sudan: from Lost Boys to leaders
Juba, 11 January 2016 – In the late 1980's and early 1990's, more than
20,000 boys and girls who fled Sudan's second civil war lost their
families along the way. For years the international community has called
them the "Lost Boys", but today they are no longer boys nor are they
lost.
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Uganda: gazes from Kampala
Kampala, 8 January 2016 - For more than one year, I have worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Kampala, Uganda. I have observed multiple realities faced by refugees and tried to comprehend the many gazes of those I work with –sometimes those gazes are sweet and kind, other times bitter and inquiring. I have come to the conclusion, however, that these gazes do not bring one single reality or single story, but rather they bring complex layers of reality. Their stories have reminded me that what we see is not always what is real.
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South Sudan: finding God in the forcibly displaced
Maban, 19 November 2015 – After having worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service for years in Liberia, Nogales (USA-México border), Kakuma (Kenya) and now Maban(South Sudan), Pau Vidal SJ reflects on the meaning of JRS in his life through the words of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the founder of JRS.
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Ethiopia: dying to live
Mai Aini, 8 December 2015 – "Have you ever counselled someone who later disappeared on the way to Europe?" Sebhat* gazes off, detaching himself from the reality in Mai Aini camp. Only his eyes tell a story of pain and loss.
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Putting Mercy in Motion – JRS launches education campaign for refugee children and youth
Rome, 4 December 2015 – On 8 December, as a concrete sign of commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) will launch the Mercy in Motion advocacy and fundraising campaign to expand and strengthen our education programmes. Our goal is to provide educational services to 100,000 more refugees than we currently do by the year 2020.
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Africa: Pope Francis calls for solidarity with refugees
Nairobi, 30 November 2015 – Yesterday, Pope Francis returned from his five-day journey to Africa, concluding his trip in Bangui, Central African Republic, where he called for peace and spread messages of hope and unity – calls which were also echoed during his prior stops in Kenya and Uganda.
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Women can change the world. Pontifex, hear us.
Kampala, 27 November 2015 – Twenty-year-old Sylvie hopes to become an engineer one day, but is challenged by obstacles of refugee life. As Pope Francis travels to Uganda today, she asks him to "continue to work for a world where there are no more refugees, where everyone can stay in his or her country if they choose...also remember the value of women in society – we have power, we are equal and we can change the world."
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Pray for us. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Nairobi, 26 November 2015 – David Manyang, a South Sudanese refugee in Kakuma refugee camp, thanks Pope Francis for visiting Africa and asks him to pray to God for peace and protection.
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VIDEO: Pontifex Hear Us
Nairobi, 25 November 2015 – Refugees Ebba and Josiane share their messages with Pope Francis, asking him to emphasise education, integration, peace and hospitality for refugees during his visit this week to Kenya.
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Protection for all. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Kakuma, 25 November 2015 – "War seems to be the hobby of the world – there is violence in Egypt, attacks in Kenya, war in South Sudan. Since 2013, all my people in South Sudan have been dying. This problem is not ours alone to solve, we need the whole world. (Pope Francis,) you are a great person, so please help us Africans to not be victims on this continent anymore. Please pray for us to love each other and to end these wars," 18-year-old Malith said in Kakuma refugee camp.
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Pope Francis to make his first visit to Africa
Nairobi, 25 November 2015 – Today Pope Francis embarks on his first journey to Africa, beginning his five-day trip in Nairobi before going on to Kampala, Uganda and then Bangui, Central African Republic. Among his many stops, he will be visiting an urban slum, the United Nations, schools, churches, mosques, prayer vigils and a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic, a country still engulfed in inter-communal violence. He will meet with diverse religious leaders, heads of state and other government officials as well as citizens and refugees of varying faiths, ages and backgrounds.
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Open our possibilities. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Nairobi, 23 November 2015 – Iragi speaks out against xenophobia in Kenya and urges Pope Francis to call for integration and inclusion of refugees in society so they can contribute to their host communities. "Just because we are refugees doesn’t mean we cannot be engineers or doctors," he says.
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Message in a Bottle. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Kakuma, 23 November 2015 – This year, tens of thousands of people have crossed over seas to flee persecution. With them, they bring few possessions, many stories and important messages for the rest of the world. Millions more, however, seek refuge closer to home – in urban centres or refugee camps – but they too have messages for those overseas.
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Pray for mercy. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Kampala, 20 November 2015 –  "Power comes from God, not people, because people all around the world have stained their hearts. Many people use power for wicked actions – they lack mercy and compassion.  Let them change and turn to God. Let the people stop harming each other and shedding innocents' blood." Jackine says in her message to Pope Francis.
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JRS anniversary: finding God in the forcibly displaced
Maban, 19 November 2015 – After having worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service for years in Liberia, Nogales (USA-México border), Kakuma (Kenya) and now Maban(South Sudan), Pau Vidal SJ reflects on the meaning of JRS in his life through the words of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the founder of JRS.
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Walk with us. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Nairobi, 18 November 2015 – Daniel Deng tells Pope Francis that he has the "heart of humanity". He urges him to advocate for an end to all wars, especially the conflict in South Sudan. "We need the international community to ensure the implementation of the peace agreement," he says.
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Strength in spirituality. Pontifex, Hear Us.
Kakuma, 18 November 2015 – Mary Angel welcomes Pope Francis to eastern Africa and calls on faith leaders to accompany refugees. "Refugees of all faiths need spiritual guidance to become stronger," she said.
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Pope Francis supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth
Rome, 18 November 2015 – In a private audience with 15 refugees and friends and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service to commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS on Saturday, 14 November, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies.
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