Uganda: Reflections on JRS and Kitgum
Kitgum, 2 September 2012 – When Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ witnessed the plight of the Vietnamese boat people, he started a wave of action within the Jesuit community which culminated in the birth of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in 1980. Since then, JRS has worked all over the world accompanying, serving and advocating for displaced persons. JRS first started working in northern Uganda in 1993, providing educational and pastoral services for Sudanese refugees in Adjumani, Arua and Moyo Districts. In 2006, JRS extended its reach into Kitgum District.

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Uganda: When JRS Kitgum started...
Kitgum, 1 September 2012 - JRS set up the Kitgum project at a time of great change in Ugandan history. Just emerging from a horrendous 20-year war, the majority of the population of Kitgum, northern Uganda was displaced. Still based in camps, but now able to return home, JRS chose to accompany the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Kitgum at this crossroad in their lives.


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Uganda: Peace-building as empowerment for sustainable development
Kitgum, 1 September - In 2005, at the end of the long LRA conflict, the Archbishop of Gulu Diocese, Uganda (His Grace Jean-Baptiste Odama) invited Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to help restore peace, human rights and dignity amongst the displaced and disunited population. JRS responded immediately by embarking on a peace education programme in Kitgum District.

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Uganda: Education for peace
Kitgum, 1 September 2012 - Education is an important tool for peace-building. After a conflict, communities need to develop their skills in order to move forward with their lives and to prevent a return to negative coping strategies. In Kitgum, many people missed out on education due to the conflict and so there were huge needs for functional adult literacy (FAL) and basic educational skills, as well as vocational training.

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Eastern Africa: JRS publishes newsletter – 'Peace and Reconciliation in Kitgum'
Nairobi, 31 August – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Eastern Africa has commemorated the work of the JRS project in Kitgum District, northern Uganda with the publication of a newsletter (Issue 49), 'Peace building and reconciliation in Kitgum'. The project spanned six years and ended in March 2012.

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Uganda: Reconciliation builds lasting peace
Kitgum, 30 August 2012 – In accompanying, serving and advocating the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) uses multiple approaches. Reconciling communities, in view of laying a foundation for lasting peace in post war-torn communities, underlies such approaches. In Kitgum, northern Uganda, such reconciliation largely took the form of engaging communities and individuals in active faith, building just relationships, and promoting forgiveness.


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