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Australia: JRS calls on the Prime Minister to immediately close the offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island
11 August 2016 Sydney- “It beggars belief that Minister Dutton would characterise the two recent incidents of self-immolation on Nauru as a pathway to Australia. The Minister needs to be reminded that one person died, and the other was severely maimed, as a result...
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Myanmar: Enlightening the candle of future in Kachin
Myitkyina, 29 July 2016- Fr. Bambang Sipayung, the Regional Director of JRS Asia Pacific, reflects on his visit to Myitkyina, Myanmar to see the teachers training project organized by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
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Australia: Why stopping the boats does not solve the problem – Part 1
Sydney, 28 July 2016- Austria’s foreign minister recently suggested that people seeking asylum in Europe should not be allowed to enter the continent, but should be held on offshore islands instead. Sebastian Kurz said that the principles of the “Australian model” should be applied to Europe, and went as far as to suggest that people who entered Europe “illegally” should lose their right to apply for asylum.
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Bangkok: The Urban Refugee, the Sacrament of God
Bangkok, 26 July 2016 - Fr. Jae-wook Lee SJ shares his experience volunteering with JRS in Bangkok and how the real lives of refugees is one of struggle in the urban setting.
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VIDEO: World Refugee Day 2016 -- open minds, unlock potential
Rome, 20 June 2016 – As human beings, we are at the mercy of nature, at the mercy of governments, at the mercy of leaders, at the mercy of war. We are at the mercy of forces beyond our control. These forces have caused an unprecedented 60 million people – mothers, fathers, sisters and children – to flee their homes. Imagine the entire country of Italy in motion: taking trucks, rafts, footpaths and trains; taking children, blankets, clothing and, most often, taking nothing.
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Media advisory: World Refugee Day 2016
Bangkok, 17 June 2016 – This World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) calls upon all of us not only to provide refugees with a safe place to stay, but with opportunities to grow and contribute to society. To truly protect means keeping people safe from all evils, including poverty, isolation, exploitation, misconception and neglect. For this reason, this year JRS is using the theme Open minds, unlock potential.
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Reflection: My Experience with JRS Indonesia
14 June 2016- My name is Gifttra, an IT student from President University. I am now in my last period of study, and I am in an ongoing formation process of Magis Jakarta, a community that helps me to know more about God. This community offers me an array of different methods in searching for God. One of it is immersion, learning while living with marginalized communities. I was placed in JRS Bogor together with my 3 friends Risha, Dony, and Ririn.
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Indonesia- Accompaniment : Encountering Those Forsaken
13, June 2016- After visiting for several days and observing the refugees’ activities, I noticed a teenage boy sitting alone in a tent, while his friends were outside. I was so curious, so I went to see him. “My name Mohammad Hasan,” he introduced himself.
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Global: Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees
(Washington, D.C.) May 19, 2016 — In the new report Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. In emergencies where many agencies provide basic humanitarian assistance, JRS is on the ground organizing educational and recreational activities to heal trauma, promote human dignity, and build skills.
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Australia: Partnering for Mercy- The Arrupe Place
Sydney, 9 May 2016- Was it serendipity or providence? Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS), says a chance encounter with Sr Catherine Ryan at a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy in 2014, led him to ask if the Sisters of Mercy had any available properties in the Parramatta area.
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Thailand: Doing what is possible in Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand 4 May 2016- Iman was banging on the desk, crying about the circumstances she and her child had been put into. Pattarada Rittang said, “It is tragic what has happened to you but think of your child next to you, focus your energy on doing what is possible.”
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Australia: JRS calls on the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by ending offshore processing
Sydney, 29 April 2016- Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) calls on the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by ending the current policy of offshore processing of people seeking asylum in Australia. The decision by the PNG government to shut the Manus Island detention centre following the PNG Supreme Court’s finding that the detention of asylum seekers is unconstitutional and illegal has presented the Australian government with stark choices.
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Greece: Pope to refugees – “you are not alone”
Rome, 17 April 2016 – In his heartfelt visit to the Greek island of Lesbos yesterday, Pope Francis stood in solidarity with refugees and migrants, reminding them “you are not alone.”
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Global: 'no one says hello' – a story of four Syrian women
Rome, 4 April 2016 -- Mary, Miriam and Edith are three Syrian sisters from Damascus. They have been in Italy for a year and a half. Their mother arrived six months ago. But now they want to go back, despite the dangers of Syria. "Life is like a cinema," the mother said. "We are now blocked, as if our lives have stopped. We only have memories; it's like watching a movie of our lives."
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Cambodia: Accompaniment creates 'communities of love’
(Washington, D.C.) March 17, 2016 — For those forced into exile far from home, the fear of being alone and vulnerable can be soul crushing. For refugees and displaced persons, just knowing that someone is there can make all the difference. Few people know this power of accompaniment better than Sr. Denise Coghlan, director of Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia.
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International Women’s Day: Recognising the strength and capacity of refugee women
Sydney, Australia, 8 March, 2016- Women and girls comprise about half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population across the world. On International Women’s day, it is important to remember that some of the most vulnerable, yet resilient, women in our society are newly arrived refugees.
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Asia Pacific: Harsh border policies not the whole story
Sydney, Australia, 1 March 2016- Regional Director Bambang Sipayung SJ recently visited JRS Australia. “I was impressed by the work at Arrupe Place which manifests accompaniment as one of the core values of JRS and does it in a collaborative way with a number of partners.”
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Praying with Refugees in Thailand: Accompaniment is the cornerstone of service
Mae Hong Son, Thailand, 29 February 2016- JRS International Director Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ visited Asia Pacific, the first office JRS opened, this past month. In his reflection he shares about how accompaniment is the cornerstone of the work of JRS.
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Australia: Arrupe Place wins community award
Sydney, 25 February 2016- JRS Australia has been awarded the ‘Exceptional Community Partnership in a LGA’ at the 2016 Zest Awards.
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