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Myanmar: The drive to teach in a conflict affected area
Banmaw, 5 November 2019 - Ja Aung, a young displaced woman from Myanmar, serves as a volunteer teacher in a school in Kachin State, Myanmar, after graduating from a Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)-supported teacher training course. This November, she has been invited to Beirut, Lebanon to represent JRS in a roundtable on Education in Emergencies. She is herself an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) and she is sharing her experience as a teacher in a conflict-affected zone.
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Thailand - Myanmar: A new life on the other side
Loikaw, 4 July 2019 – The ‘returnees’ is the name given to the refugees who lived in the camps on the Thai-Myanmar border and who are now returning to Myanmar, after 30 years away from their home country. On 2 July 2019, 32 refugees from 9 families voluntarily returned from Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp situated in Mae Hong Son, Thailand to Kayah State, Myanmar through the facilitation of UNHCR, and the Myanmar and Thailand governments. It is the third official return of Karenni refugees to Kayah State.
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Australia: Implementing the Global Compacts - the importance of a whole-of-society approach
Sydney, 31 May 2019 - Both the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) espouse a ‘whole-of-society approach’. Carolian Gottardo, JRS Australia Director, and Tamara Domicelj, Regional Refugee Protection Advocacy Lead, Act for Peace, discuss the opportunities around the GCR and GCM whole-of-society-approach and its significance in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Cambodia: 20 years’ Celebration of the Mine Ban Treaty
Siem Reap, 4th April 2019 – On 22nd February 2019, a rally was organized in Kamrieng, Cambodia, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty. Phanna, a survivor of a landmine explosion, came to share her story with the audience.
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Philippines: A Woman’s Journey to Peace
Lanao del Norte, 8th March 2019 - Normilah, a member of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Women Advocate for Peace (WAP) group in Lanao del Norte, shares how her life was scattered with conflicts and how she survived and strived for peace.
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Cambodia: Building a narrative of decency
Siem Reap, 21 December 2018 - Fr Benny Juliawan SJ, Outgoing Secretary for Social Ministries of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, reflects on the learnings from the Regional Workshop organized by JRS Cambodia on “Refugees, migrants and statelessness: A new era. How can civil society respond creatively?” in November 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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Thailand: Refugees and Thais gather in support of refugee rights
Bangkok, 14 December 2018 – Refugee and Thai military students gathered in July to promote refugee rights and to strengthen the relationship between the Thai and refugee youth communities in Bangkok. Learn more about our Education project in Bangkok.
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Asia Pacific : What are the Global Compacts ?

December 2018 - The Global Compacts on refugees and on migration are being adopted. What does they mean? For the States? For the migrants and refugees? Why is there a need of complementarity? Some explanation by Carolina Gottardo, Director of JRS Australia.


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International: Urging Support for the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration
Rome, 7 December 2018 - JRS International Director’s Statement is Urging Support for the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) calls on the member states of the United Nations to respond to this historic moment for refugees and migrants, and support the UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants that are both entering their final stages of adoption.
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Thailand: “Inter-generational Perspectives: Our land, our home, our future”
Mae Hong Son, 4th December 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) held a workshop called “Inter-generational Perspectives: Our land, our home, our future” in the Karenni refugee camp of Ban Mae Nai Soi in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. The workshop intended to boost an inter-generational exchange in the camp.
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Thailand: “I am among you as the one who serves.” (Lk 22,27b)
Bangkok, 28 november 2018 - Br Luong, a Jesuit in formation, spent a year within JRS Thailand team in Bangkok. He reflects on his experience with the Urban Refugee Programme.
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Asia Pacific: Meeting with Fr Tony Moreno SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
Bangkok, 08 November 2018 – Last month, Louie Bacomo, Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Asia Pacific, welcomed JCAP President Fr Antonio Moreno SJ for a short visit in Bangkok. Filipino Jesuit Priest, Fr Antonio Moreno SJ became in 2017, President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP). 
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Indonesia: Accompanying Earthquake and Tsunami survivors in Central Sulawesi
Yogyakarta, 2 November 2018 - Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Indonesia participated in the effort to assist the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi that took place in September 2018. They met with Rikmawati who explained what happened to her.
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Myanmar: The first official return of Myanmar refugees to Kayah State
Loikaw, 24 September 2018 – For thirty years, the refugee camps at the Thai-Myanmar border in Thailand have provided safe haven for those who have fled Myanmar due to ongoing conflict there. Now, some Myanmar refugees living in the camps are returning to Myanmar and more particularly for the first time in Kayah State. JRS supports local organisations in this part of the country in accompanying refugees during this process.
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Cambodia: Ten years on, treaty to ban cluster munitions yields positive impact
Phnom Penh, 6 September 2018 - Since the adoption of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2008, significant strides have been made in eradicating cluster munitions. JRS Cambodia is the focal point for the Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions (CCBL).
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Thailand: Refugee graduation ceremony and beyond
Bangkok, 2 August 2018 - Danh, a 21 year-old Vietnamese refugee, received his certificate for completing the language and skill training provided by the Urban Education Project (UEP) of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Thailand. The project, offered to urban refugees and asylum seekers in Bangkok, provides a 6-month course of Thai and English classes, as well as vocational skill training in computers, sewing, and hairdressing.
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Myanmar: Providing love and learning through education
Myitkyina, 13 July 2018 – Roi San, a 24-year old woman, is serving as a volunteer teacher at a Catholic school in the town of Myitkyina in Myanmar’s Kachin State. She began teaching in this school two years ago after graduating from a JRS-supported teacher training course.
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Thailand: Refugees find safe haven in sports
Bangkok, 10 July 2018 - “Sport has the capacity to empower individuals and bring one’s moral values to the forefront.” Cricket is part of a community outreach program launched by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Thailand to help refugees deal with stress.
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Philippines: Muslim and Christian Women Peace Advocates Come Together in Lanao del Norte
North Cotabato, 29 June 2018 - In the Philippines, the island of Mindanao has been the theater of centuries of conflict between Muslims and Christians resulting in mutual distrust and prejudice. Muslims commonly have looked at Christians as land grabbers. Christians have branded Muslims as criminals.
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