Praying with refugees
Praying with Refugees in North Kivu: singing together to the Lord
Masisi, 1 September 2014 – How can we challenge ourselves to pray in a way that gives room to the refugees and displaced persons in our communities? There is a call for change to welcome the displaced in our world. What are my personal commitments towards that? How can I, as a member of a host community, express solidarity for and show hospitality to others?
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Ethiopia: now home to largest number of refugees in Africa
Washington DC, 25 August 2014 — The UN refugee agency reported last week that Ethiopia is now the largest host country of refugees in Africa, surpassing Kenya. At the end of July, Ethiopia was home to more than 629,000 refugees, while neighboring Kenya hosts more than 575,000.
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South Sudan: innocence suffers in conflict
(Maban, South Sudan) August 13, 2014 — Alvar and I, the two new Jesuit members of the Jesuit Refugee Service team here, arrived in Maban (Upper Nile state) almost a month ago. More than 127,000 refugees from Sudan came here in late 2011 — early 2012, and are living in four very large camps in a precarious situation.
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Spotlight on Issues
Spotlight on famine crisis in South Sudan
(Washington, D.C.) August 6, 2014 — Whether the severe humanitarian food crisis in South Sudan is a "phase four humanitarian emergency" or a "phase five famine" does not matter much to the 1.6 million South Sudanese who have been displaced by the political and ethnic firestorm that has torn the world's newest country apart since last December.
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Praying with refugees
Praying with Refugees in the Middle East: the resilience of mothers
Damascus, 16 May 2014 – For years mothers in Syria have suffered; many have been displaced, losing their homes, their husbands, and for some, their children. Mothers often have to decide whether to leave other children behind in order to take a wounded child to gain access medical assistance, or to safety across a border.
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Uganda: Inspiring change through healthy environment and people
Kampala, 19 March 2014 – During a celebration of its kind in Kampala, JRS organised an environment cleaning exercise with her beneficiaries; the refugees and asylum seekers to commemorate International Women’s Day which falls on March 8, of each year.
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On Assignment
South Sudan: Working with vulnerable girls
Yambio, 28 February 2014 - I am Sr. Elizabeth Waraga, a South Sudanese native of Western Equatoria State and a Missionary Sister of the Blessed Virgin Mary (MSBVM). I was born during war and my lifetime is an experience of war. I have been a refugee in Central Africa Republic (CAR) on different occasions. But my life as a refugee gave me an opportunity to learn and have a great desire to become a teacher especially to work with girls.
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On Assignment
Uganda: Giving a shoulder to lean on and a comforting hand
Kampala, 28 February 2014 - Many of the students that join the JRS Kampala vocational training classes bear many emotional scars that need to be delicately healed. The accompaniment of such students continues even after they have finished their studies. Such was the case of Marie*, a student of the JRS hairdressing class last year who had joined this course on 8th April 2013. Marie, who is 28 years old and married with three children, had fled to Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2011.
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Spotlight on Issues
Kenya: Responding to the challenges of accompaniment
Kakuma, 21 February 2014 - Accompaniment forms an integral part of the service which Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) offers in the work that we do with refugees. In walking with the forcibly displaced persons, being able to walk with them has grown with each day that they arrive in the camp. Kakuma Refugee Camp continues to receive many people who were fleeing their home countries as a result of numerous reasons: war, conflict, drought and hunger, as well as religious persecution.
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Kenya: May peace reign in South Sudan and Africa
Kakuma, 17 February 2014 - When I came to Kakuma refugee camp, it felt like I had suffered more than anyone else. However, seeing the reality of life among many other refugees – women and children, the elderly, those who now live with disabilities due to war – has made me think twice.

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South Sudan: Uneasy calm prevails in Maban
Maban, 07 February 2014 – As schools re-opened on Monday 3rd February 2014, an uneasy calm prevails in Maban, Upper Nile State of South Sudan. Staff from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), both local and international have started trickling back to Maban County which is located in the North-Eastern part of Upper Nile State in South Sudan.
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Uganda: JRS fame draws in large number of students
Kampala, 31 January 2014 – I remember the day quite clearly. It was on 14th of January this year, on the second day of class, when the JRS Kampala Country Representative Mr. Stephen Kuteesa walked into the more than packed English class room. What drew my attention the most was his request towards the students. The country representative asked the students in the room to stop comparing or rating JRS with other organisations in Kampala.

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Praying with refugees
Praying with refugees in South Sudan: a call for peace
Tombura-Yambio, 1 February 2014 — The people of South Sudan have experienced far more than their share of suffering. Historians tell us that more than 4.5 million people died in our wars of independence, with similar numbers unaccounted for in past decades. Our nation needs to embrace the past to avoid repeating the mistakes that caused death, suffering and humiliation on a massive scale. I, therefore, appeal strongly for peace in South Sudan, an appeal which comes from deep within me.
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Kenya: JRS accompanies and serves new South Sudanese refugees
Kakuma, 31 January 2014 - The situation at the Kakuma Refugee Camp is growing quite dire with more numbers of refugees being recorded each day. Agencies are grappling with a new need to find additional resources to respond to the current influx from South Sudan as it had not been anticipated.
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Kenya: Kakuma Refugee Camp receives new influx of South Sudanese refugees
Kakuma, 20th January, 2014 - Kakuma Refugee Camp has recently seen a steady influx of new arrivals from South Sudan due to the conflict being witnessed there. As the situation gets worse, more and more refugees continue to flee their homes in search of safety . At the Old Reception centre, tents filled with desperate families can be seen with stories recounted of how dire the situation is in Africa’s newest nation.
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South Sudan: Our Dreams are disrupted but not shattered
Nairobi, 08 January 2014 - At the end of 2012 JRS Eastern Africa handed over its projects in Lobone, Nimule, Kajo Keji, and Yei to the local community and the local Church. The journey towards peace had been attained, the country is independent, and solid support had been offered to returnees in collaboration with the local community, administration and church with support from donors. The handover of JRS projects, allowed us room to discern where to move next to offer the much needed support in areas of primary, secondary education and teacher training.
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Jesuits urge peaceful resolution to South Sudan crisis
(Washington, D.C.) January 8, 2014 — “We encourage all our friends and well-wishers of South Sudan, wherever they may be, to do all they can to advocate on behalf of South Sudan for a speedy, just and peaceful resolution of the current crisis,” said Jesuit Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, Provincial of East Africa.
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Praying with refugees
Prayer for South Sudan
(Washington, D.C.) January 7, 2014 — Jesuit Father Kevin White invites all to pray this prayer for South Sudan at this difficult moment. Part of the preparations for South Sudan’s founding and Independence Day in 2011, the prayer's plea for grace and call for peace and unity has an urgent relevance today.
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Kenya: building self-reliance among refugees and the host community
Nairobi, 2 January 2014 – Most refugees in Nairobi, like their Kenyans
counterparts, work in the informal labour market. Living in poverty,
they lack capital and spend most of their household budgets on basic
necessities, like food and rent. Those who do manage to establish
businesses frequently lack technical skills and access to local
networks. Operating in an extremely competitive market, they need
capital, contacts and stronger business skills.
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Praying with refugees
Praying with Refugees in Nairobi: encouraging reconciliation through spiritual seminars
Nairobi, 1 January 2014 – Refugees pass through painful experiences that leave them emotionally wounded while in a foreign country. They carry the burden of those who have caused or still cause them this pain. Sometimes they become disconnected from themselves, others and even from God. Consequently, some develop complications of different illnesses and even nightmares.
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On Assignment
Uganda: Acquiring skills for life
Kampala, 27 November 2013 - In March 2013 JRS Kampala started its first Hair dressing class to promote refugees sustain themselves in an urban setup. The Hair Dressing class is a pilot project, but already has been a great success. The 19 students are very excited to see how they make a profit out of their skills without even having finished the course! Some work in saloons over the weekend in Kampala, others even work from the JRS compound after class.
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On Assignment
Uganda: JRS Kampala fashion designers prepare for graduation showcase
Kampala, 27 November 2013 - I am so grateful to JRS as an organization for giving me this opportunity to practice my career as a designer. It is a chance for me to work and share my experience with refugees from different countries, such as from DR Congo or Rwanda - especially as I have been a displaced person myself in 2003 due to the actions of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
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Spotlight on Issues
Kenya: JRS-EA Child Protection Policy - A cornerstone of care to forcibly displaced children in Eastern Africa
Nairobi, 15 November 2013 – The Jesuit Refugee Service in Eastern Africa (JRS-EA) has officially adopted its revised 2013 ‘Child Protection Policy’ that guides how its personnel should interact with forcibly displaced children who are supported and assisted by the organization. It calls for personnel to exercise respect and care towards displaced children who are assisted by JRS through its different project activities across the region.
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On Assignment
Kenya: Charting the way forward
Nairobi, 11 November 2013 - Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has been described as a purpose driven organization that serves refugees and other displaced persons in areas where there is greatest need. Addressing JRS-EA Country Directors in Nairobi, the JRS Eastern Africa Regional Director Fr. Deogratias Rwezaura, SJ pointed out that the organisation works where there are gaps in humanitarian assistance, often in difficult and challenging locations such as Syria.
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