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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Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies Cannot Wait
(Washington, D.C.) July 7, 2016 — Jesuit Refugee Service operates education programming in more than 38 countries serving more than 141,000 refugees and displaced persons. JRS has observed that education provides stability and a sense of normalcy, and acts as a form of vital psychosocial support to youth whose lives have been affected by crisis.
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Ethiopia: Eritrean refugee faces challenges with grace
Addis Ababa, 5 July 2016 -- Selam Gebru is an Eritrean refugee who fled her homeland seeking safety eight years ago. A single mother of an autistic child, Selam holds two university degrees. She spoke with JRS about the challenges she faces as a refugee, and the long road to a hoped for resettlement to the United States. ?
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JRS celebrates refugees in Kenya
Kenya, 5 July 2016 In June the Jesuit Refugee Service in Kenya celebrated the positive contributions and talents that ??refugees bring to their communities in both Kakuma refugee camp and Nairobi, Kenya?.
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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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