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Global: Prayer for the Global Compact on Refugees
Rome, 24 September 2018 - The United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote on the Global Compact on Refugees this week. This will be the culmination of a two-year process that saw the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, engaging with states and consulting with all relevant stakeholders.
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Global: The Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus
Rome, 31 July 2018 – So much of the political rhetoric we hear about refugees is focused not on the greater but on the lesser. Refugees are painted as security threats, economic burdens, or cultural invaders; St Ignatius would tell us instead to act with the generosity of Jesus, who gave everything.
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Graduation of the Chin trainees
New Delhi, 22nd June 2018: This year’s Graduation Day Program for the Chin refugees was organized at St Francis De Sales School, Janakpuri West. It was a matter of great pride for all the staff and students since it was the first time this program was organized outside the JRS Life Skills Training Center, Chanakya Place.
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World Refugee Day: 4 Words to Open the World
20 June 2018, Worldwide - Pope Francis has urged the global community to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. This World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are building upon Pope Francis’s words to advocate for refugee education with the campaign 4 Words to Open the World.
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Building Peace through Gandhian Values
Chennai, 22 March 2018- JRS organized a Peace Building workshop, at the AICUF House, Chennai, from 20-22 March, 2018. Twenty JRS-TN field and office staff participated in this intensive interactive workshop, conducted Dr. S. Kulandaisamy and his team from the Gandhi Peace Foundation.
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Bonding with love: Women’s day celebration
New Delhi, 8 March 2018- On the eve of women’s day, the JRS team organized a fun-filled day with games, music and dancing for the Chin refugee women from the JRS training center where they learn various life skills. The program was conducted at a nearby district park. The women, even those carrying infants on their backs, participated whole-heartedly in the games. 
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Beautician Course for the Chin Refugee Women
New Delhi, 7 March 2018 - "For a hardworking girl like me, this Course will help me build a steady clientele among my community members by helping them enhance their physical appearance which in turn will improve their self-esteem". 21-year old Nuam. 
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Global: Refugee women join in storytelling for annual Voices of Faith event
Rome, 5 March 2018 – Speakers and panellists will gather in Rome on International Women’s Day (Thursday, 8 March) at the annual Voices of Faith storytelling event to share stories and discuss this year’s theme ‘why women matter’.
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Teachers training and get together - Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu 16 December 2017: Jesuit Refugee Service Tamil Nadu organised a  State level staff and teachers’ Training and Get-together. The event, first of its kind, was held at Trichy Multi-purpose Social Service Society Campus, on 16th and 17th December. Two hundred teachers and 35 staff from field office and country office participated in the training.


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Graduation ceremony at Chin life skill training center- New Delhi
New Delhi, 16 December 2017- Mawi, one of the advanced tailoring students mentions of how happy and grateful she is to Jesuit Refugee Service for the opportunity to learn many new things at the Chin Life Skill Training center such as designing clothes, using a sewing machine, embroidery etc. She is very confident in her ability to stitch clothes for her friends and family.
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Global: Year-end letter from JRS International Director
Rome, 27 December 2017 – The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. Mahatma Gandhi would not give our society high marks for its treatment of forcibly displaced people this year. But in the midst of xenophobia and closing borders, there is hope.
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Global: The legacy of Fr Arrupe in today’s crisis of solidarity
Rome, 14 November 2017 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was founded by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ on 14 November 1980 in response to the plight of Vietnamese people seeking to escape their homeland by boat, and also to aid refugees fleeing Ethiopia, Somalia, Cambodia, and Laos.
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Bangladesh: Responding to the plight of the Rohingya
(Dhaka) October 11, 2017 – The JRS Deputy International Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ, is currently evaluating opportunities to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where over 500,000 people have fled violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 2017.
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I want to be a just man: I want to go back and help my people who are in great need
Afghanistan, 11 April 2017 - “We decided to go back to Afghanistan because we couldn´t survive in the neighbouring country. There was no hope and my father couldn´t work...He couldn´t earn; he couldn´t support us. So we came back to Afghanistan.“
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Sri Lanka: Ramya’s story of return
Colombo, 07 April 2017 - Ramya has been going back and forth from Tamil Nadu, India to Sri Lanka ever since she was a child. She first came to Tamil Nadu with her parents in 1990 as a ten-year-old girl, and returned to Sri Lanka five years later. She found the situation highly oppressive with a number of army sentries that restricted the movement of even innocent civilians. Because of this, she came back to Tamil Nadu in 1996.
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International: announcing new Deputy Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ
Rome, 14 March 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service is pleased to present Fr Joseph Xavier SJ as the new International Deputy Director, starting February 2017. His wealth of experience in social justice research and his work advocating for those at the margins will be a great contribution to the Strategic Framework for the future of JRS.
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From Syria to Belgium: Searching for the treasure
Vatican City, 8 March 2017 - The Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place on International Women’s Day. The event will showcase the important contributions that women of faith have already made and will continue to make in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts. Among the testimonies heard on this day, is the story of twin sisters, Nagham and Shadan.
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Rome: Farewell to Fr Ken Gavin SJ
Rome, 22 February 2017 - Fr Ken Gavin SJ spent more than a decade of his life accompanying, serving, and advocating for refugees and the forcibly displaced. From 2003-2010 he served as the Regional Director of JRS USA and from 2011-2017 he worked at the JRS International Office as the Assistant International Director.
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Interview with Fr Varkey Perekkatt SJ: giving Bhutanese refugees a voice
Rome, 5 December 2016 - Fr Varkey Perekkatt SJ, former field director for JRS in Nepal, believes that education is what enabled more than 100,000 Bhutanese refugees to be resettled and find a better future.
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Global: Remembering Fr. Kolvenbach’s commitment to refugees
Rome, 2 December 2016 - The Jesuit Refugee Service family remembers Fr.
Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, who died in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 November. Fr
Kolvenbach served as the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus
for almost twenty-five years and carried forward Fr. Arrupe’s legacy.
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