Shoulder to Shoulder with Refugees
The Uganda Solidarity Summit was convened on 22-23 June 2017 at the initiative of Uganda's president Yoweri K. Museveni and the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi, to discuss about how to support Uganda respond humanely and in sustainable way to one of the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
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Building self-reliance and promoting the inclusion of those with disabilities in Kakuma Refugee camp
Elizabeth Wanjiku has been the coordinator of the JRS Special Needs department in Kakuma refugee camp since January 2017. One of the principles that guide JRS’s work with people with special needs is the conviction that each person has potential. Through a personalized program of formation designed specifically for people with special needs, JRS staff are discovering how they can tap into this potential, to nurture and develop it. Elizabeth walks us through this process and explains how the department helps the beneficiaries integrate into society after they have left the program.
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World Refugee Day Celebrations in Nairobi
The World Refugee Day was observed in various parts of the world on Tuesday June 20 2017. In Kenya, the occasion was marked nationally at the graduation grounds of the University of Nairobi, under a mildly sunny sky. The overall atmosphere was undoubtedly different from a year ago when the annual event was transformed into a sad trading of aggrieved declarations between refugees, human rights activists and the humanitarian community on the one hand and the Kenyan government on the other, following the latter’s announcement a month earlier that it would close Dadaab, then the largest refugee camp in the world. One year down the line, the government position has softened significantly, although it remains committed to the voluntary repatriation program of Somali refugees.


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Giving a second chance to girls in South Sudan
The phenomenon of child marriages is widespread in South Sudan where 52% and 9% of girls below 18 and 15 years respectively are married. This denies such girls the chance to continue with their education, thus severely limiting their future opportunities. However, a few of them do return to school and easily blend in with the other children.
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South Sudan: Healing Hands
I am Mariam Luma, one of the thirteeen (13) home visitors for JRS Maban (South Sudan) whose work is to visit and accompany persons with disabilities in Doro Refugee Camp and in the host community in their homes.
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I AM A REFUGEE
I am REFUGEE, captive and prisoner to wars and destruction of the world.
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Ethiopia: Keeping hope in the children
Mai Aini, 10 February 2017 – Osmaan* has spent his entire life building from the ground up. Born into a farming family in what used to be northern Ethiopia, he later moved to Sudan, working for American oil companies, digging to the depths of Sudan’s oil fields. 
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Uganda: Understanding their needs, ensuring their education
Kampala, 11 January 2017 - Isaac Ijjo's life always straddled a border. Once a refugee in former Sudan in the 1980's, he later returned to Uganda to assist in the JRS response to Sudanese refugees in the 2000s.
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Uganda: A joint appeal to end violence in South Sudan
Kampala, 16 December 2016 - On the third anniversary of the outbreak of violence in South Sudan in December 2013, the Government of Uganda Office of the Prime Minister, six UN agencies and eleven humanitarian organisations in Uganda are appealing to the world to bring an end to the suffering of the South Sudanese people.
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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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