Kevin White SJ, JRS Uganda Director, together with Devota Nawe, HIAS Uganda Director, and Biragi Nyakadekere, refugee representative, cut the JRS at the JRS World Refugee Day celebration in in Kampala, Uganda (Beatriz Arnal/Jesuit Refugee Service).
Nairobi, 13 July 2015  – Throughout eastern Africa, JRS celebrated World Refugee Day 2015 alongside refugee communities, implementing partners, and host communities. In 2015, the region has seen massive influxes of displaced persons due to new and ongoing conflicts in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Yemen and more. Commemorating World Refugee Day is a chance not only to celebrate the rich diversity of refugees, but also to advocate alongside partners for more humane treatment of the displaced.

Push forward, not back: World Refugee Day celebrations throughout Eastern Africa

Bishop Virgilio Pante gives a sermon for the World Refugee Day Mass at St. John Riruta Parish. According to Vatican Radio, "The bishop urged the refugees in Kenya not to lose hope despite the challenges they may be encountering and at the same time called on Kenyans to shun tribalism and racism and support refugees by allowing them to access schools and jobs to make them feel more at home in the country."(Josemarie Nyagah/Jesuit Refugee Service)


Push forward, not back: World Refugee Day celebrations throughout Eastern Africa

JRS students act out a Swahili drama on the difficulties of being displaced in Kampala, Uganda at the JRS World Refugee celebration. Challenges discussed ranged from begging to forced prostitution to hunger (Beatriz Arnal/Jesuit Refugee Service).


Push forward, not back: World Refugee Day celebrations throughout Eastern Africa

A young Eritrean refugee poses in front of a painting in Mai Aini refugee camp at an exhibition held for World Refugee Day. According to the painter, this painting represents the home sickness many refugees feel after they are forced to flee their home (Angela Wells/Jesuit Refugee Service).


Push forward, not back: World Refugee Day celebrations throughout Eastern Africa

A Somali refugee walks the catwalk at the World Refugee Day fashion show in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat/Jesuit Refugee Service).



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