Welcome to Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa's Spotlight on the Issues. In this section we present analysis of various issues of concern to JRS.
Giving a second chance to girls in South Sudan
25 April 2017
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.

Kenya: refugees giving a hand-up
31 March 2016
Nairobi, 31 March 2016 – When Jacob arrived in Nairobi eight years ago, he quickly learned he would no longer be able to work as a high school teacher, as he used to before fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo. After a series of frustrating months trying to secure a safe place to live and an income, he met Beatrice Etoo Sadi, a Congolese woman who gave him the best gift he could have asked for – training in an employable skill.

Ethiopia: serving in solidarity
03 November 2015
Dollo Ado, 3 November 2015 – Along the dusty road connecting the Dollo Ado airstrip in eastern Ethiopia to five refugee camps spanning the Somali border, more than 200,000 people from Somalia have sought protection from catastrophic conflict and drought. The Jesuit Refugee Service provides peer counselling and other services for refugees in Melkadida and Kobe camps.

Spotlight on famine crisis in South Sudan
06 August 2014
(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.

Uganda: Inspiring change through healthy environment and people
19 March 2014
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.

Kenya: Responding to the challenges of accompaniment
21 February 2014
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.

South Sudan: Uneasy calm prevails in Maban
07 February 2014
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.

Kenya: JRS-EA Child Protection Policy - A cornerstone of care to forcibly displaced children in Eastern Africa
15 November 2013
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.

Birth of a nation
25 January 2011
After a break in Ireland, Richard O’Dwyer SJ is back in Lobone, Southern Sudan, in good time for the crucial referendum about the country’s future. The development goes far beyond a political adjustment. It involves coming to terms with a terrible past, a civil war that cost millions of deaths. This week, in his first public address since the superbly managed vote, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, addressed a packed Catholic Cathedral:”For our deceased brothers and sisters, particularly those who have fallen during the time of struggle, may God bless them with eternal peace. And may we, like Jesus Christ on the cross, forgive those who have forcefully caused their deaths.” Richard’s account gives a sense of the remarkable man who is leading this new nation.

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