Ethiopia: refugees take to the stage
Mai Aini, 24 May 2016  –  Eritrean refugees perform at the Jesuit Refugee Service youth centre in Mai Aini refugee camp, one of the only safe and open spaces for refugees in the camp to express themselves creatively. JRS offers a range of classes to allow Eritrean youth to prosper in exile, such as dance, painting, drama and music classes. 
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South Sudan: from occupation to education
Maban, 18 May 2016 – Today in Upper Nile, South Sudan, a primary school student is more likely to find men armed with guns in their classrooms than teachers with chalk and books in hand.
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Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees
Washington, DC, 19 May 2016 -- In the new report Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises, the Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. JRS organises educational and recreational activities to heal trauma, promote human dignity, and build skills.
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Kenya: I was a stranger and you welcomed me
Nairobi, 18 May 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service stands in solidarity with the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) in their call for a more compassionate response to the country's refugee community.
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NGOs urge government of Kenya to reconsider intended closure of refugee camps
Nairobi, 10 May 2016 -- Despite  huge economic and social pressure, Kenya continues to host close to 600,000 refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. Fifty-six percent of this current refugee population in Kenya comprises women, children and youth who are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse while in displacement. However, JRS and other NGOs worry that the recent position assumed by the government of Kenya, which disbands the Department of Refugee Affairs and indicates that this will be followed by the closure of Dadaab and Kakuma camps, will have unfortunate, far-reaching implications for the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have called Kenya a place of refuge.
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Uganda: integration opportunities rebuild lives
Kampala, 19 April 2016 – As many countries in the western world close their doors and increase restrictions on refugees, one unsuspecting nation has had an open door policy toward refugees for decades.
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Kenya: to whom shall we go?
Kakuma, 8 April 2016 – "Even though I cannot see, I know more than many of you who can see, and that is what is important for me." Rhoda Atong Majok is a South Sudanese refugee who lives in Kenya’s enormous and remote Kakuma camp. She is blind but nonetheless managed to score good marks in primary school, enabling her to continue to secondary level.
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Ethiopia: Finish ambassador confirms support for refugees
Addis, 7 April 2016 – The Finish ambassador to Ethiopia, her team and Finnish parliament committee of finance members visited the JRS-Refugee Community Centre in Addis Ababa earlier this week. The visitors were accompanied by representatives of the Ethiopian government’s refugee agency (ARRA) and the UN refugee agency.
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Kenya: refugees giving a hand-up
Nairobi, 31 March 2016 – When Jacob arrived in Nairobi eight years ago, he quickly learned he would no longer be able to work as a high school teacher, as he used to before fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo. After a series of frustrating months trying to secure a safe place to live and an income, he met Beatrice Etoo Sadi, a Congolese woman who gave him the best gift he could have asked for – training in an employable skill.
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South Sudan: thirst to learn
Maban, 30 March 2016 – Pau Vidal SJ, JRS Maban Project Director, and Alvar Sanchez SJ, JRS Maban Education Coordinator, speak about the intervention of the Jesuit Refugee Service in northern South Sudan where JRS supports host community members, refugees and internally displaced persons in their pursuit of knowledge.
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Year of Mercy: advancing education for refugees
Nairobi, 29 March 2016 – In recent days, the world has witnessed increased displacement of thousands of people due to conflict going on in various countries. And while disruption to normal life, deaths and massive suffering are the most noticeable consequences of conflict, equally grave is the loss of education opportunities for affected populations.

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South Sudan: every day we are here
Maban, 11 March 2016 – Jomo and Rafa are teenagers growing up in a war zone. Unlike many South Sudanese their age, they have been fortunate to receive education at home in Maban. As leaders of Bakhatis, a South Sudanese youth group, they spread their knowledge to young children.
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Ethiopia: refugees share stories, express concerns with top UN official
Addis Ababa, 11 March 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service was honoured to receive the President of United Nations General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, at the JRS Refugee Community Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last weekAddis Ababa, 11 March 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service was honoured to receive the President of United Nations General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, at the JRS Refugee Community Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week.
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Uganda: urban refugees face special challenges
Washington DC, 29 February 2016 – Despite popular believe that most refugees are confined in rural camps, the reality is that more than half the world’s displaced people live in cities. And for many urban refugees, the experience can be frightening, as they’re often cut-off from family and support networks, have no money and lack jobs skills.
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Ethiopia: with loss comes new life
Dollo Ado, 19 February 2016 – In Melkadida camp, JRS offers beginner and intermediate courses in employable skills for adults seeking new opportunities. Displaced Somalis learn technical skills in tailoring, henna tattooing, embroidery, male hair dressing and plumbing.
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Ethiopia: education promotes self-reliance
Dollo Ado, 17 February 2016 -- Kaadi Ali Ibrahim used to measure his assets in livestock – camels, cattle and goats – but his new home in Melkadida refugee camp does not offer much space to herd or trade animals. Those who flee must leave not only their homes, but their whole livelihoods.
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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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