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Unrest in Bangkok
Bangkok,18 February 2014 – A rising sense of fear in urban refugee communities is an unintended consequence of the ongoing civil unrest in Bangkok. The JRS Thailand teams serving these vulnerable communities have witnessed the increased tension and done their best to provide encouragement to refugees in Bangkok, even while wondering themselves, whether or not they would make it into the office each day.

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Violence displaced returnee communities anew
Mindanao,12 February 2014 - Internally Displaced returnee communities in Maguindanao and North Cotabato, in the southern Philippines, were forced to flee once again, just one day after the signing of the last annex of the Bangsamoro Framework (FAB), the much anticipated peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government of the Philippines, on 26th January, 2014.
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Jesuit Refugee Service to support displaced students get back to school
Bangkok, 6 January 2014 - The fire incident took place in the afternoon of December 28, 2013. The cause of the fire is still unclear. As the sector lead for education, JRS will work with the Karenni Education Department (KnED) in providing the learning needs of twenty-nine students affected by the fire.
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JRS Asia Pacific receives Tara Award
Bangkok , 29 November 2013 – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Asia Pacific recently received a 'Tara Award' from Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta, a popular Buddhist nun in Thailand, founder of the Sathira Dhammasathan Centre. This Year, the Tara Award was given to 999 individuals and organizations that make a positive impact on society.
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Thailand: marginalisation in the metropolis
Bangkok, 25 November 2013 – The term 'refugee' still conjures up images of thousands of tents lined up side-by-side, yet most of the more than 40 million forcibly displaced persons around the world live in urban areas. Living in small, marginalised communities, 'urban refugees' are often ignored by local and international media. Crisis is not only the massive influx of refugees, but the day-to-day struggle of these almost 'invisible' people to survive in metropolises.
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Regional Director's Letter - JRS Anniversary 2013: Rekindling our sharing
Bangkok, 14 November 2013 - Amsa, a Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Indonesia staff member working in the Immigration Detention Center (IDC) in Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia recently told me of his experience observing the sharing of Afghan detainees during Nawruz, the Persian New Year celebration.
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Asia Pacific: Jesuit Refugee Service to support local Philippine relief efforts
Bangkok, 14 November 2013 – In the face of the enormous destruction and displacement wrought by typhoon Haiyan, the Jesuit Refugee Service has decided the most practical immediate response is to provide logistical support to Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, a local Jesuit-led organisation.
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Australia: Asylum seekers facing more difficulties
Sydney, 29 October 2013 - The installation of the new federal government has intensified the difficulties being experienced by the more than 2,200 asylum seekers currently detained on Christmas Island, the 1,061 transferred to Manus Island and 827 sent to Nauru.
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Thailand: JC:HEM commences in Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son, 10 October 2013 - After much hard work and anticipation, the first course of the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) programme in Mae Hong Son (MHS) started at Camp 1 on 20 September 2013.
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Spotlight on Issues
Australia: community detention, a humane alternative
Sydney, 26 September 2013 – Moved by the plight of vulnerable asylum-seeking minors being held in detention centres, a group of Australian advocates lobbied successfully for the implementation of community detention as a viable, humane alternative, giving asylum seekers an opportunity to engage in a more meaningful existence while awaiting the outcome of their asylum application.
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Italy: Pope Francis to break bread with Rome's refugees
Rome, 10 September 2013– Responding to an invitation by the Director of Centro Astalli (Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy), Pope Francis will make an official visit to the JRS Italy soup kitchen on Via degli Astalli in Rome today.
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Thailand: Burmese refugees strive for self-reliance
Wieng Haeng, 4 September 2013 – More than a decade ago, two Thai Buddhist temples opened their doors to provide sanctuary to 500 Burmese Shan refugees fleeing conflict between the Shan State Army and Burmese military forces in southern Burma. This hospitality was later extended to the refugees by the local authorities of the rural town of Wieng Haeng, which allowed the establishment of Krung Jor Camp in 2002. But with the human rights situation improving in Burma, there is much talk of sending Burmese refugees home.
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Praying with refugees
Praying with Refugees in Cambodia: return requires constant trust and forgiveness
Siem Reap, 1 September 2013 — When the landscape of home is a constant reminder of terrible injustice, how do you forgive and move forward, with neighbours who were once your jailers?
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On Assignment: Caring for Burmese refugees in Mae Sot
Mae Sot, 30 August 2013 - JRS staff member Sanan works to help Burmese refugees and migrants who have fled their homeland and come to settle across the border in the town of Mae Sot. As a member of the Thai-Karen group, Sanan knows what it’s like to be marginalised: the equal rights he shares with his compatriots haven't always been fully respected in practice, he says.
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On Assignment: Accompanying asylum seekers in Christmas Island
Christmas Island, 15 August 2013 — JRS pastoral care worker Sr Dorothy Bayliss has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd inviting him to visit Christmas Island, “just to sit for a couple of hours and to hear the asylum seekers’ stories”. Often the only pastoral care worker on Christmas Island, she accompanies people living in the camps, talks to them, listens, sits with them as they cry, helps them with simple requests.
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Cambodia: workshop promotes reconciliation in the lives of refugees
Siem Reap, 5 August 2013 – Although the issue of reconciliation has always been of concern to the Jesuit Refugee Service, in the past five years the organisation has begun mainstreaming reconciliation into all its work.
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Regional Director’s Letter - Eid al-Fitr 2013 : The Celebration of Gratitude
Bangkok, 8 August 2013- In Indonesia, where I grew up, Eid al-Fitr (or Idul Fitri as it’s more commonly known) is a big celebration marked by special food. On this day, all Muslims pray in a designated open space and also give alms to the needy. It is a day where Muslim people celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and like to share in gratitude what they have with others, especially those who are poor. Muslims all over the world celebrate this festival as they end the fasting which they faithfully observed.
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Indonesia: God is Calling Us through These People
Yogyakarta,6 August 2013 –“Struck and shocked by the plight of thousands of boat people (from Vietnam) and refugees, I felt it my duty to send cable messages to some 20 Major Superiors around the world. Sharing my distress with them, I asked what they in their countries and the universal Society could do to bring at least some relief to such a tragic situation,” wrote Father Pedro Arrupe SJ to Major Superiors of the Society of Jesus on November 14th, 1980.

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Timor-Leste: Moving from emergency assistance to development
Jesuit Refugee Service plans to withdraw from Timor-Leste in 2013 having provided social and livelihoods support to displaced people for the past seven years. A new development organization run by the Jesuit Church - Jesuit Social Services - will open up in its place. The JRS mandate is geared towards assisting communities in need of aid and accompaniment while displaced from their lands.
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