Artists in motion paint for a more inclusive world
Mai Aini, 18 November 2016 – When Filmon feels lonely or upset, he hides himself in an art studio in Mai Aini refugee camp in Ethiopia. He is one of 50 painters of all ages who come to express themselves in JRS art classes where they illustrate multi-faceted issues of displacement – from persecution to flight; dangerous journeys to their hopes and dreams.
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Global: bringing light to the child migrants in our midst
Rome, 17 November 2016 – On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on November 20th, we echo Pope Francis' appeal "to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants." In this time of epic human displacement, "children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless".
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Kakuma: psychosocial care for vulnerable children
Kakuma, 17 November – Children in the context of a refugee camp, an urban setting, or any other location around the world fall into a category of individuals who are extremely vulnerable. Simply looking at their status in the world will identify that.
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Kakuma: the yearning to affirm life
Kakuma, 1 November 2016 – The sprawling refugee camp of Kakuma in Kenya is amongst the top 10 largest in the world. Children, teenagers, women and men can live there for many years. At the same time new asylum seekers, mostly from South Sudan, continue to arrive in great need of assistance. The Jesuit Refugee service (JRS) is there on the ground to help.
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JRS Eastern Africa on Europe’s role in migration, development and social justice
Berlin, 20 October 2016 – Beyond the so-called "refugee crisis" in Europe, countries bordering conflict around the world are under increasing pressure to care for people on the move. Attempts by policymakers to respond to refugees in a coordinated and dignified way have never been more important in order to ensure that the rights refugees are upheld.
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VIDEO - Artists in Motion, art for change
Mai Aini, 17 October 2016 – Before becoming refugees, Filmon, Luwam, Naomi and Mebrahtu were dancers, painters, actors and artists. They fled Eritrea with a few possessions and their talents. Today they live in a refugee camp in northern Ethiopia where they give back to their community through art as they await a better future.
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Global: One Human Family, One Voice, No Human Trafficking
Abuja, 23 September 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service stands with Catholic organizations and faith leaders from around the world to condemn modern day slavery in all its forms. Following the call of the 2014 declaration of Pope Francis and other faith leaders on eradicating modern slavery by 2020, hundreds of Catholic activists came together in Abuja, Nigeria this month to reaffirm and commit to collaboration and common action aiming atpreventing and eradicating the scourge of human trafficking and exploitation of human beings and upholding human dignity.
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Refugee summits must provide access to education for all displaced children
Washington DC, 7 September 2016 —The Global Campaign for Education – US, a broad-based coalition of more than 80 members, including Jesuit refugee Service/USA, dedicated to ensuring universal quality education for all children, urges the United Nations, the U.S. Government and world leaders to accelerate progress towards universal access to education for displaced children.
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Artists in Motion: a photo story of a journey
Mai Aini, 7 September 2016 – While in limbo in Ethiopian camps, young Eritrean refugees are using their artistic talents to illustrate journeys of people on the move, which often turn out to be journeys of peril and trauma. 
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Ethiopia: Artists in Motion takes viewers on a journey of displacement
Nairobi, 5 September 2016 – Millions of refugees are isolated from the rest of the world and as a result their daily routine becomes mundane and their talents are often squandered. Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, however, have found ways to let their talents shine – creating dozens of paintings through a Jesuit Refugee Service Fine Arts class.
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Ethiopia: refugees create global conversations with art
Mai Aini, 6 September 2016 – Between two mountain ranges in northern Ethiopia, dozens of young Eritrean refugees are splattered in paint. They spend their days expressing their longing for lost loved ones, traumatic memories of persecution and stories of family and friends who have taken perilous journeys across deserts and seas in symbolic artwork.
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Global: JRS and Caritas Internationalis respond to UN Summit Outcome Document
Our organisations welcome the outcome document to be adopted on 19 September 2016 as an important step towards the global governance of migration and development. We have long called for a people-centred, human rights and dignity approach to internal and international migrants and refugees. We welcome the focus on respecting the rights of all migrants and a shared responsibility for refugee reception.
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Kenya: helping staff and refugees self-heal from trauma
25 August 2016, Nairobi – For communities living in conflict, cycles of violence pervade their everyday lives. For many refugees, escaping that trauma and healing psychological scars are incredibly difficult, but are just as important as securing food, medicines and a safe place to stay.
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Eastern Africa: staff honoured on World Humanitarian Day
19 August 2015, Nairobi – JRS staff around the world accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees around the world. Teams of local, refugee and international staff consistently stand with people as they try to build their new lives abroad. Please take a minute to get to know a handful of our team members and learn why they have dedicated their careers and ministries to working with the displaced.
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Ugandan sister shares her tale of triumph on World Humanitarian Day
Kampala, 19 August – This World Humanitarian Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service honors Sister Hellen. As a child she suffered the consequence of conflict in northern Uganda and lived as a refugee throughout her childhood. Today she prepares thousands of refugees to start their lives over in Kampala, Uganda by teaching them English.
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A fragile South Sudan threatens the lives, health, homes and education of millions
Nairobi, 28 July 2016 – The Jesuit Refugee Service is deeply concerned of the fragile state of affairs in South Sudan after fighting re-erupted and killed nearly 300 civilians in the capital Juba more than two weeks ago.
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South Sudan: Violence Fuels Humanitarian Crisis
Juba, 28 July, 2016 – South Sudan faces a spiralling humanitarian crisis as the recent surge in fighting prevents aid agencies from providing urgent help to millions of people in need. Violence and insecurity continue in Juba and are spreading to other states despite a fragile ceasefire in a country where half the population relies on humanitarian aid, ten aid agencies warned today.
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Uganda: sketches, colours, patterns, and a new life
Kampala, 19 July 2016 – As a young girl, Agnes fled a notorious Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, but through educational opportunities she was able to pursue her passion for fashion. She now gives back to refugees as the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) fashion and design teacher in Kampala – where they work to be self-reliant.
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Ethiopia: dancers bring rhythm to their lives in exile
Mai Aini, 20 July 2016 – Luwam was once at the centre of her nation's spotlight. In Asmara, as a member of the national dance team, she performed for government officials and her fellow citizens at national celebrations, receiving cheers and accolades for her captivating talent.
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Kenya: Somali refugees struggle in the shadow of forced return, a Refugees Deeply feature
Nairobi, 27 June 2016 – Angela Wells, JRS Eastern Africa Communications Officer, writes for Refugees Deeply on the devastating consequences of the Kenyan government's newest restrictions on refugees.
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Uganda: a rising rap star advocates for a welcoming world
Kampala, 5 July 2016 - As a teenager, Alino dreamed of being a hip hop
artist in Congo, where music is the pulse of the country. But like many
young people, family demands and expectations that Alino pursue a more
stable career put his dreams on hold while he studied petroleum
chemistry in a prestigious Congolese university. Never did Alino think
that he'd be a rising rap star, and never did he dream it would be while
living in exile in Kampala, Uganda.
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VIDEO: Emmylou Harris shines a light on refugee crisis
Mai Aini, 13 July 2016 – In June 2016, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris visited several of the JRS projects in Ethiopia. Jesuit Refugee Service works with urban refugees in Addis Ababa. In the north, JRS has programs for Eritrean refugees in the Mai Aini and Adi Harush camps. In the south, JRS serves refugees from Somalia in Melkadida and Kobe camps.
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Kakuma: space to be free, space to learn
Kakuma, 7 July 2016 – When people flee from war or persecution, daily stresses of life are multiplied. Not only do parents have to worry about feeding their children but also moving them on dangerous routes to safety. Students strive to excel in school often while inadequately nourished in harsh environments. Those with mental health concerns or disabilities are even further disadvantaged.
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Rome: the Jesuit Refugee Service International presents its 2015 Annual Report
Rome, 8 July 2016 – In 2015, the Jesuit Refugee Service reaffirmed its commitment to education with the Global Education Initiative and the launch of the Mercy in Motion campaign. Last year, JRS served 724,551 people, 141,333 through education projects. Recognising education is a concrete and durable solution to build more resilient communities, JRS aims to increase this number by 100,000 people by 2020.
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