JRS Eastern Africa celebrates World Refugee Day
16 June 2015

The Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa will host and participate in a variety of events to commemorate World Refugee Day on 20 June, reminding community members that creating a more hospitable world is the responsibility of each of individual. (Beatriz Arnal/Jesuit Refugee Service)
The global JRS theme, Push forward, not back, aims to counter a growing trend of refugee pushbacks by promoting open doors for refugees and showing examples of the ways in which refugees positively contribute to their host communities.
Nairobi, 16 June 2015 – The Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa will host and participate in a variety of events to commemorate World Refugee Day on 20 June, reminding community members that creating a more hospitable world is the responsibility of each of individual.

The global JRS theme, Push forward, not back, aims to counter the growing trend of refugee pushbacks by promoting open doors for refugees and showing examples of the ways in which refugees positively contribute to their host communities.

Similarly, the global 2015 theme for World Refugee Day from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Refugees are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances – get to know a refugee, seeks to bridge refugee and host communities.

JRS Eastern Africa invites all partners, donors, supporters, team members and refugees to celebrate World Refugee Day at various events throughout Eastern Africa:

Maban, South Sudan
Saturday 20 June all day at Doro refugee camp: music performances, drama, speeches, and sporting events, co-hosted by JRS, UNHCR, Danish Refugee Council and the Humanitarian Development Consortium.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Friday 19 June from 9am to 1pm: drama, fashion show, poetry readings, speeches and cultural presentations, hosted by JRS. (Place TBD)

Kampala, Uganda
Friday 26 June from 10am to 3pm at JRS compound, Nsambya, Gogonya: speeches, drama, music performances, and cultural presentations, hosted by JRS.

Kakuma, Kenya
Saturday 20 June all day at Kakuma refugee camp: speeches, sporting events, and cultural presentations, hosted by UNHCR.

Nairobi, Kenya
Wednesday 17 June from 8am to 1pm at University of Nairobi (multipurpose hall): panel discussion, crafts market, and cultural presentations, hosted by UNHCR.

Sunday, 21 June at 10:30am at St John Riruta Church: Mass celebrated by Bishop Rt. Reverend Joseph Alessandro of Garissa, Chairman for the Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Sea Farers, followed by cultural presentations.

All are warmly to come celebrate with us.






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