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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Uganda: Please feel at home
Kampala, 27 June 2013 - “You are very welcome to JRS. Please feel at home” sang the students of the English class to welcome invited guests for the World Refugee Day celebrations at Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) on 19th June 2013. Nearly 200 students stood in a big circle holding each other’s hands on the grass patch between the offices while the visitors sat on white chairs in front of the offices, surrounding the presenters.

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Ethiopia: Pomp and colour as World Refugee Day is marked in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa, 26 June 2013 - Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ethiopia hosted a World Refugee Day commemoration in Addis Ababa at the Ethiopian Cultural Centre on 20th June 2013. The theme of the event was “One Family torn apart by war is too many”.

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Kenya: I am proud of being a refugee
Nairobi, 20 June 2013 – The canopy of white tents glistened against the metal gray sky from the chilly early morning drizzle that engulfed the University of Nairobi graduation grounds, the venue of the World Refugee Day (WRD) 2013 commemoration. An army of humanitarian workers scurried around the tents that had been arranged in a neat ‘U’ formation, putting finishing touches to the displays that had been set up by various humanitarian organisations.


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Kenya: I am a walking miracle
Nairobi, 20 May 2013 – Her radiant smile hides the tribulations that she has gone through in life. Dressed in a colourful African print dress and matching headgear, she cuts the image of a successful woman. She has a jolly nature and an infectious smile. Meet Marie* a Congolese refugee living in Nairobi, Kenya. This is her inspirational story.

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Kenya: JRS efforts to combat xenophobia affecting refugees in Nairobi
Nairobi, 9 May 2013 – Since the December 2012 Government of Kenya (GoK) directive for refugees to be relocated to the camps, the message has not been well received by refugees and some local Kenyans particularly in Eastleigh, Nairobi. Attacks on refugees have increased with the perpetrators terming them as terrorists and criminals. Many of the refugees locked themselves in their houses fearing such attacks. Others sought help from Churches especially where the refugees knew JRS operates. 

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Video: hospitality, united communities are stronger communities
Rome, 19 June 2012 – Bringing refugees out of obscurity, that is the message of the Jesuit Refugee Service for World Refugee Day this year.

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Video: Jesuit Refugee Service and urban refugees
Jesuit Refugee Service, one of the few organizations to assist refugees in urban settings worldwide, has long recognized the severe state of neglect of urban refugees, and has tried to address these needs. Through advocacy to UNHCR and local authorities, direct assistance with food, housing and medical expenses, education, livelihood projects, and counseling and referral services, JRS addresses the broad spectrum of needs of urban refugees.

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Video: JRS accompanies Urban Refugees
(Rome) June 20, 2010 — From the beginning, Jesuit Refugee Service has made it a priority to work with "forgotten" refugees, those living in the shadows, whose plight is overlooked by others.

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Video: JRS services for Urban Refugees
(Rome) June 20, 2010 — Jesuit Refugee Service provides a variety of aid to urban refugees, but perhaps the most important of these is education. "Education provides hope," says Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., the International Director of JRS.

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