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
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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
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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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