The JRS mission for reconciliation in the Central African Republic
Reconciliation is a central focus in the strategic framework of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
This apostolic priority is visible in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country devastated by multiple years of civil war and extreme poverty. During his historic visit to the CAR in November of 2015, Pope Francis urged for the country to work towards peace and reconciliation. JRS has responded actively to this call by developing peace-oriented education programs in the areas where they have a presence: in the southern region of Lobaye, in Bangui, the capital, and in the central region of Bambari. They provide a diverse number of programs: the social cohesion of internally displaced persons and host communities, the peaceful coexistence among the different socioreligious communities, the formation of leaders for the prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts, psychosocial support and professional formation for demobilized child soldiers.
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