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Eastern Africa: celebrating 25 years of impact
Nairobi, 17 April 2015  – As the Jesuit Refugee Service marks 35 years since its founding in 1980, in Eastern Africa the organisation celebrates 25 years of service to the forcibly displaced as a region.  There are multiple ways of celebrating an anniversary.  JRS Eastern Africa has chosen to highlight its accomplishments, the challenges overcome and the work that is yet to be done.
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Kenya: finding purpose through healing others
Nairobi, 17 December 2014 – Grace* has lived in Kakuma refugee camp for almost as long as the camp has been in existence. She has witnessed her fellow South Sudanese refugees come and go and come back again after each bout of conflict. While she has stayed safe from a damaging war, she has not been immune from a cycle of domestic abuse common for many women refugees.
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Kenya: protection needs increase with refugee influx
Kakuma, 14 January 2015 – Without the opportunity to integrate into Kenyan society due to a strict encampment policy and with low chances of resettlement, most refugees in Kenya spend years living in refugee camps. While they are provided a physical space free from war, camps are not necessarily free from human rights abuses, particularly sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
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Hotter than fire: the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean
Nairobi, 21 May 2015 – The repeated tragedy of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, 'conjures up an eerie spectre of the transatlantic slave trade', says Nigerian Jesuit Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator. The revulsion with which we now react to the slave trade should also apply to this modern-day crisis, and must inform our thinking and action in response to it.
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South Sudan: seeds of peace at crossroads of displacement
Maban, 20 May 2015 – "Today in Maban many different ethnic groups work together, stay together, eat together and play together to develop our community. We are one nation, the same people, so let us be together," said Awad, a community leader in this border county with Sudan.
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Video: education is hope for refugees
Washington DC, 18 May 2015 — Access to schools and quality education is an urgent priority for all refugee children and youth. Education is the key to a better the future for refugees whatever form that future might take. Education provides a sense of stability, dignity and hope for the future both for refugee children and their families. In this short video, refugees in Chad and Ethiopia share their hopes.
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Eastern Africa: child protection streamlined through projects
Nairobi, 5 May 2015 – Ayaan* is the top student in her class. Born to Somali refugees in Nairobi, she hopes to be a surgeon one day. However, for months last year she had to suspend her studies after being intimidated, threatened and beaten by young men in her community.
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Kakuma: scholarships provide much needed hope to refugees
Kakuma, 14 April 2015 – Soon after the Jesuit Commons:Higher Education at the Margins graduation celebrations subsided in Kakuma and Dzaleka refugee camps, the graduates began actively applying at various universities with a passionate desire to continue their education.
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Praying with refugees in South Sudan: God never fails those who trust in Him
Yambio, 7 April 2015 – For more than three decades South Sudan has been engulfed in a sequence of wars. Generations have been born in exile and refugee camps. Those who survived did so in extremely harsh conditions. Yet as an uneasy peace comes to parts of South Sudan, violence breeding hatred continues in the east and northeast. Nobody should face such injustice.
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Video: recreational activities provide hope for young refugees in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, 31 March 2015 — Mai Aini refugee camp is located in north central Ethiopia. The camp is home to about 18,500 refugees from neighboring Eritrea. Many of the camp residents are young. While they spend a few hours a day in school, there are still many hours of the day where they are confronted with the never-ending tedium of camp life.
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South Sudan: overcoming the adversity of war, investing in stronger communities
Nairobi, 30 March 2015 At the end of 2013, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and vice-President Riek Machar, following months of escalating tensions, reached boiling point. Gun battles in the capital Juba quickly escalated to massacres and continued fighting elsewhere in the country, particularly in the eastern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.
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Former UK Minister for Education to join the Jesuit Refugee Service
Rome, 26 January 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is pleased to announce that former education minister, Sarah Teather MP, will join the International Advocacy team on 1 June 2015. As advocacy adviser, Ms Teather will focus on the provision of education for refugee children the Middle East and South Sudan. Ms Teather will stand down from the British Parliament in May 2015, after 13 years in elected politics. For nearly 12 of these years she represented the London constituency of Brent Central, the most ethnically diverse in the United Kingdom. (Photo: Parliamentary Recording Unit)
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South Sudan: pastoral accompaniment as a sign of God's presence
Lobone, 19 November 2014 – Faith plays a pivotal role in the experience of refugees. Ignoring this reality would be tantamount to ignoring the huge potential of faith to help refugees cope resiliently with the hardships they face, and to look beyond the present to a future of hope. While respecting the faith of all refugees, JRS offers pastoral services for Catholic refugees in response to need, distinctly from other services. Richard Dwyer says that for many refugees, the presence of a priest is a symbol and a practical sign of God's presence.
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South Sudan: Khartoum auxiliary bishop underlines the importance of education and hospitality to refugees
Maban, 11 December 2014 – In a visit to the conflict-affected region of South Sudan, Bishop Daniel Adwok underlined the importance of education and hospitality for refugees living in the border district Maban.
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Emergencies and new conflicts leave the forcibly displaced hungry
Rome, 16 October 2014 – While forcibly displaced persons make up only a tiny portion of those suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition, the rise in conflict-induced displacement is putting serious strains on the capacity of the international community to meet the basic food needs of those fleeing conflict. Nothing better illustrates the hardship faced by refugees and internally displaced persons than the on-going conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, and the protracted refugee crisis in Chad.
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South Sudan: strangers in our own land
Nairobi, 20 February 2015 – As South Sudanese leaders begin talks in Addis Ababa to discuss the establishment of a power-sharing agreement, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) urges them, on World Social Justice Day today, to prioritise the immediate preservation of human life and dignity in the country.
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Kenya: no tragedy can kill hope
Kakuma, 3 March 2015 – "No tragedy can kill hope. They have taken our homes, but not our future. No matter how bad their past has been, everyone has the right to a future!" said Sylvain Ruhamya Canga in his valedictorian speech at the commencement ceremony of the online higher education implemented by the Jesuit Refugee Service.
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Africa: structural violence begets sexual violence
Goma, Nairobi, 8 March 2015 – Not only does it cause untold psychological and physical harm to individuals, sexual violence destroys the social fabric of societies. While protection from harm and support for survivors are essential, the elimination of sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) requires the adoption of a systematic approach. Communities given space to work together to change harmful norms and practices, and supported by governments implementing prevention strategies and enforcing judicial sanctions.
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Ethiopia: photographs from Mai Aini refugee camp
Addis Ababa, 2 March 2015 — More than 18,000 refugees from Eritrea live in the Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia. Jesuit Refugee Service provides counselling services and recreational activities to help the residents deal with the trauma of both their flight to safety and camp life.
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Afghanistan: Indian Jesuit released after eight months in captivity
Rome, 22 February 2015 – After more than eight months in captivity, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is delighted by the announcement of the release of Fr Alexis Prem Kumar. JRS is immensely grateful to the Indian government for its role in achieving his release.
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Ethiopia: photographs from the refugee community centre
Addis Ababa, 21 February 2015 — The Jesuit Refugee Service refugee community centre in Addis Ababa — the only one of its kind in the city — offers language courses, library facilities, day-care services, computer classes and psychosocial support. The onsite emergency needs programme provides financial support and counselling services for newly arrived refugees.
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Praying with refugees
Praying with refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo: education as hope
Kashunga, 16 February 2015 – Moambi's white blouse gleams bright in the morning sun of Kashuga. She beams with pride in her new school uniform – she gets to attend high school after two years of staying at home.
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Kakuma: bicycles aid counsellors
Washington DC, 2 February 2015 — Kakuma refugee camp hosts more than 170,000 refugees from about 12 African countries, with the largest populations having fled Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan to avert violence and famine. Jesuit Refugee Service has provided services in Kakuma since 1994, and is currently the only organisation in the camp that provides psychosocial support.
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Former UK Minister for Education to join the Jesuit Refugee Service
Rome, 26 January 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is pleased to announce that former education minister, Sarah Teather MP, will join the International Advocacy team on 1 June 2015. As advocacy adviser, Ms Teather will focus on the provision of education for refugee children the Middle East and South Sudan. Ms Teather will stand down from the British Parliament in May 2015, after 13 years in elected politics. For nearly 12 of these years she represented the London constituency of Brent Central, the most ethnically diverse in the United Kingdom. (Photo: Parliamentary Recording Unit)
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