VIDEO: World Refugee Day 2016 -- open minds, unlock potential
Rome, 20 June 2016 – As human beings, we are at the mercy of nature, at the mercy of governments, at the mercy of leaders, at the mercy of war. We are at the mercy of forces beyond our control. These forces have caused an unprecedented 60 million people  – mothers, fathers, sisters and children – to flee their homes. Imagine the entire country of Italy in motion: taking trucks, rafts, footpaths and trains; taking children, blankets, clothing and, most often, taking nothing.
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World Refugee Day: ‘No situation is permanent’
(Washington, D.C.) June 20, 2016) – Malith Chan entered the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya at age 14 after fleeing horrific violence in his native South Sudan. But with the help of Jesuit Refugee Service he was able to further his education. Malith, now 19, has a new life in Phoenix and aspires to become a civil engineer.
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Emmylou Harris: refugees ‘have so much to offer’
Shire, 17 June 2016 – Grammy winning singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris traveled to Ethiopia in June as part of a Jesuit Refugee Service delegation to learn more about issues affecting refugees, particularly the need for education. Ms. Harris talked with JRS about her impressions, how she came to partner with JRS and what the world can do to help mitigate the refugee crisis.
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Kenya: children and pregnant women reported among 300 South Sudanese denied asylum at border
Kakuma, 17 June 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service is extremely concerned by this International Business Times report that hundreds of South Sudanese have been denied entrance into Kenya as asylum seekers and calls for immediate protection for new arrivals.
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Photos: Emmylou Harris tours JRS projects in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, 12 June 2016 — “I believe passionately in the work Jesuit Refugee Service is doing around the world to help people who are just searching for a decent, better life,” said singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris last week during a visit to Jesuit Refugee Service projects in Ethiopia. Ms. Harris joined a JRS delegation to learn more about issues affecting refugees, particularly the need for education.
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Refugees, an asset in Uganda
Kampala, 7 June, 2016 – As displacement in the Global South continues to rise, some African countries view refugees as a burden while others as an asset. Uganda's half million refugees are given the unique opportunity to not only live in the country but to thrive and contribute by allowing them to work and start their own businesses.
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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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