Sr Denise Coghlan, country director, JRS Cambodia
Pedro Arrupe called for a response of love and service to the needs of people forced to flee their homes after the cluster bombs, guns, rockets and chemical weapons ravaged Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.  Much earlier he had tended the injuries of innocent sufferers from the atomic bombs dropped in Japan.  From this call grew JRS.
 
Thirty years later, and  I have been part of  JRS  for 23 of those years, it is a network of friends or indeed many networks of friends which include refugees, people who serve among refugees, academics, human rights advocates, the public who support the work from afar and in some places government and UN officials. The hope of all is that those who flee may live in freedom and dignity.
 
For many of us it has been an experience of meeting God in the most unlikely places and being blessed by some of the poorest people in the world. It has been listening to incredible stories, most of them true! It has been a place where involvements at the grass roots and advocacy at the highest level have worked together unto good. It has enabled the voice of survivors to be heard and international treaties to be negotiated. To JRS I owe many wonderful friends, experiences I could not have imagined and an admiration for the power of the human Spirit to rise.

Sr Denise Coghlan, country director, JRS Cambodia 

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