Refugees

A community in Malawi, which is supported by the Jesuit Refugee Service, is aiming to plant 6,000 fruit trees – starting in a refugee camp. Dzaleka refugee camp was established 20 years ago on land owned by the Malawian government. Leah Marais of JRS describes it as “a refugee camp where people feel they can't stay permanently, can't go back where they came from and don't see the future … it is easy to give up and lose hope.”  On average, a refugee...
The Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria (JRS Syria) has been awarded the 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award for its outstanding dedication in providing emergency relief to Syrians since the war began in 2011. The award honours individuals and organisations who make a stand for peace, justice and non-violence in different parts of the world. It was established in 1988 and is funded by the Cardinal Bernardus Alfrink Peace Fund.JRS began its work In the Middle East and North Africa in 2008 in...
The Jesuit Refugee Service will be taking part in the Churches Refugee Conference 2014 on Saturday 5 April 2014 in Sheffield. The event will be chaired by Zrinka Bralo, Executive Director, Migrants and Refugee Communities Forum, London, who served as commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission and was the winner of the 2011 Voices of Courage Award. The theme of the conference is Under the Radar - What Room for Refugees? It will take place at the Central United Reformed...
London artist Lucy Wood sailed 4,000 miles solo in a North African migrant boat from the southern Italian island of Lampedusa to London Docks, as a gesture of solidarity with the hundreds of refugees who risk a similar journey in search of a better life. This month, she is inviting those who shared her sense of shock at the events of last September, when around 360 people died when their boat sank off the Mediterranean island, to join in a time of reflection organised in association with the...
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome.JRS UK accompanies refugees and forced migrants, our brothers and sisters, serving them as companions and advocating their cause in an uncaring world. We have a particular concern for those who are detained...
The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service is among the signatories of an Open Letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to join UNHCR's global settlement programme for Syrian refugees and to show compassion to the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and their families in the United Kingdom. Writing in tomorrow's Independent newspaper, Fr Peter Balleis SJ joins signatories from humanitarian agencies including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Save the...
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936. He was the eldest of five children to Italian immigrants, Regina María Sívori and Mario José Bergoglio. After being educated by the Salesians in the city of Ramos Mejía, he went to a technical school in Buenos Aires, where he qualified as a chemical technician.The feast of St Matthew – 21 September – became a turning point in the life of the young Argentinian. Aged 17, Jorge Mario went to confession and became...
Sarah Teather MP is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees in Parliament and a former Children's Minister.  Here she recounts her recent visit to Jordan with the Jesuit Refugee Service. Reporting on the Syrian crisis in the UK has waned since Britain, France and the US shelved plans for a bombing campaign.  There is a real danger that we forget the Syrian people.  As Chair of a parliamentary group that promotes the welfare of refugees, I wanted...

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