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Rome: Fr Nicolás encourages us to recognize service to refugees as 'Gospel hospitality in action.'
Rome, 21 November 2014 – Yesterday, on the on 34th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), over 250 people gathered to hear Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), discuss Hospitality on the Frontiers. In his discussion with the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Frederico Lombardi, Fr Nicolás encouraged governments and citizens to open their doors to refugees, recognizing service to refugees as "Gospel hospitality in action."
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Pope Francis reminds us that helping migrants is a central part of the Christian tradition
24 November 2014 – On the occasion of Pope Francis’s speech before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 25 November, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) urges European countries to remain faithful to one of the fundamental values underpinning the European Union by showing concrete solidarity with migrants and refugees and ensuring fully-fledged joint search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
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Arrupe Day Sees an Uncertain Future for Bhutanese Refugees in Eastern Nepal
Nepal 14 November 2014 - Repatriation to Bhutan seems to be a distant, unlikely possibility. Integration in Nepal is easier said than done. The government does not seem open to the idea in a country that has its own infrastructural and economic issues, where jobs are scarce and where allocating land to refugees is a prospect that cannot be easily realized.
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Italy: all my bones used to hurt – sleeping on the street
Catania, 27 October 2014 – Once asylum seekers are granted protection in Italy, they leave the Centri di Accoglienza per Richiedenti Asilo (CARA), or centres for the reception of asylum seekers that were set up in 2008, and graduate to accommodation known as Servizio di Protezione per i Richiedenti Asilo e i Rifugiati (SPRAR). This is a system of reception and integration run by the Ministry for Internal Affairs, in collaboration with humanitarian organisations, to offer asylum seekers and refugees accommodation and help to integrate into Italian society.
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Emergencies and new conflicts leave the forcibly displaced hungry
Rome, 16 October 2014 – While forcibly displaced persons make up only a tiny portion of those suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition, the rise in conflict-induced displacement is putting serious strains on the capacity of the international community to meet the basic food needs of those fleeing conflict. Nothing better illustrates the hardship faced by refugees and internally displaced persons than the on-going conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, and the protracted refugee crisis in Chad.
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Afghanistan: four months on, hope remains alive for the safe return of Jesuit Refugee Service director
Delhi, 2 October 2014 - The teachers and students at Sohadat school and JRS training centres now begin their day with a prayer for the "kind Indian aid-worker" whom they miss terribly. On the day their school reopened, they made a special appeal: "give us back Mr Prem, a person we love, who took care of our education with deep dedication and compassion".
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Syria: protection of civilians must be world's priority
(London) September 25, 2014 — Any further intervention in the Middle East must address the suffering of Syrian civilians, a global coalition of 39 leading human rights and humanitarian organizations says. Coinciding with the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, the #WithSyria coalition urges world leaders, whoever they support in the conflict, to make clear that they are on the side of civilians.
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Pope Francis urges ‘globalization of charity and cooperation’ to aid migrants and refugees
(Vatican) September 23, 2014 — “Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognized in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches,” writes Pope Francis ahead of January’s World Day of Refugees and Migrants.
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Praying with Refugees in Afghanistan: even after the darkest night there will be a new day
Rome, 1 August 2014 – Two months have passed since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, the Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 kilometers from Herat city in western Afghanistan.
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Jesuit Refugee Service works to secure release of Afghanistan director
Rome, 7 July 2014 – This past week marked a month's time since Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service Afghanistan Director, was abducted by a group of armed men from a JRS-sponsored school in Sohadat, a government township for returnee families, 35 km from Herat city in western Afghanistan. This past month has been a painful time for Prem's family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all of us in JRS. Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope. All the information we have continues to suggest that he is alive and he remains in Afghanistan.
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Praying with refugees in South Asia: hope allows us to survive
Delhi, 1 July 2014 – "I see hope shining brightly before me. I see my children walking freely without fear. I have forgotten my arduous journey. It was like crossing the Red Sea in the Old Testament. It took me some time to forgive the people who destroyed the lives of many families, including mine, from my homeland. Now it's all over and I see a lot of hope ahead of us", said Matink*, a Burmese Chin refugee, with tears in her eyes.
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Afghanistan: Jesuit Refugee Service director kidnapped 34km from Heart city
Rome, 3 June 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that on Monday afternoon its country director, Alexis Prem Kumar SJ, was abducted by a group of unidentified men in western Afghanistan.
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I can do anything if i try
Nepal, 26 May 2014 - I was born affected with jaundice and, because of this, my eyes were yellow. My parents took me to hospitals outside the camps, in Nepal as well as India. Though I regained my natural eye colour, I lost my vision permanently.
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Quality Education - A Gift to Afghanistan
Afghanistan: 08 April 2014 – “Unfortunately my brother did not allow me to realize my dream of interacting with people of other countries,” said Basin from Kabul. She still recalls the day when her JRS teacher first came to her school and invited students above the age of 13 desiring to join the English language classes.
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Visually impaired Afghan teachers learn computer in St. Xavier’s College Mumbai
Mumbai, 17 March 2014 - In the months of January and February at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, one would have seen a remarkable sight of two young men sitting for hours in learning computers and English. Their desire to learn was infectious and only a closer look would reveal that they were actually blind.
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Providing hope and future to Afghanistan through online/onsite education
Herat, 7 February 2014 - Since 2005, JRS Afghanistan has been consistent in building capacity of young men and women of Afghanistan through its well-designed programmes in teacher training, communication skills in English, technical and vocational skills, and peace building.
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Seeing everything through the eyes of faith in Afghanistan
Afghanistan, 9 December 2013 - I find them always happy, serene and peaceful. I feel that they don't suffer much as we think so
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50 per cent of the refugees in the world are in urban areas and are 'invisible'
The study highlighted the plight of the Chin refugees living in Delhi and the various opportunities and challenges before them.
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She will not return to her country
She will not return to her country for fear of being tortured again. She misses her family and hopes to see them one day, though she does not know when.
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Dreams being transformed into Reality
Though born in India and most of them having grown up there, the youth still carry the stigma of being refugees. Their future is uncertain; that fear however, has not robbed them of their childhood or their ambition for a better future.
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