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Myanmar: Conflicts on the Rise in Kachin State
Myitkyina, 14 May 2018 – In Kachin State, in the north of Myanmar, conflicts between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) have intensified since December 2017. In April alone, more than 6,800 people were displaced, and the humanitarian situation is critical.
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Asia Pacific: JRS welcomes new Regional Director
Bangkok, 27 April 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is pleased to announce that Mr Louie Bacomo has been appointed as the new Regional Director of Asia Pacific. Mr Bacomo will assume the role on the 1st of June 2018, following the end of the term of Fr Bambang A. Sipayung SJ as Regional Director.
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Myanmar: Children as agents of peace
Loikow, 2nd April 2018 - In Myanmar, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is supporting some partner organisations to implement peace education programs. In November 2017, Fr Aloysius Bi undertook his first experience as a peace education teacher in a nursery school in Loikow. He is sharing this experience here.
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Global: JRS reacts to the first draft of the Global Compact on Refugees
Rome, 20 March 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and 15 other NGOs have jointly released a reaction statement on the first draft of a Global Compact on Refugees, issued by the UNHCR on 9 March 2018.
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Australia: The agency of refugees
Sydney, 9 march 2018 - JRS was well represented at a recent Australian conference titled Refugee Alternatives, held on 13-14 February in Melbourne with more than 400 attendees. There, they were delighted to meet with a former refugee whose engagement with JRS has empowered her to become a community advocate.
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Indonesia: The forgotten refugees
Yogyakarta, 15 February 2018 - Indonesia is hosting 13,800 forcibly displaced people from 52 nations. Men, women, and children from ethnic or religious minorities have come to Indonesia in search of international protection. JRS Indonesia provides life-saving support towards housing, food, and healthcare to vulnerable families with children, and people with physical and mental health conditions.
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#Do1Thing: A small commitment can have a big impact
Parramatta, 25 January 2018 – Having been a migrant herself, Marthe knows something about having to move. "Refugees don’t want to be here, they’d rather be home,” she says.
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#Do1Thing: My unexpected swimming teachers
Cisarua, 19 January 2018 – Najib is a Hazara who fled Afghanistan for Indonesia. Before arriving in Indonesia, he had no idea how to swim. Now he is learning with help from a few coaches.
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#Do1Thing: Laughter is the best medicine
Bogor, 17 January 2018 – When we think of a medical doctor among refugees, we might be forgiven for assuming that the doctor is there to provide emergency medical treatment.
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#Do1Thing: I share my knowledge with refugees
Cisarua, 15 January 2018 – For a refugee waiting a long time for resettlement, or trying to negotiate the many layers of bureaucracy, in a country whose language is unfamiliar, the experience is very different. Sari knows this.
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#Do1Thing: Helping refugees brings out their potential
Sydney, 14 January 2018 – Junghee lives in central Sydney with her dog Boo, and volunteers as an English teacher at Arrupe Place, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) centre in Parramatta. 
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#Do1Thing: Hope for refugees begins with you
To mark the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 14 January, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is releasing a campaign, called #Do1Thing, to show what individuals are doing to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate refugees in their communities.
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Thailand: Through the lens of a refugee in Bangkok
Bangkok, 22 December 2017 - The story of this asylum seeker shows incredible bravery, resilience and persistence. He embraced opportunities for education and utilized his perseverance and skills to find informal employment under extremely tough circumstances. He finds all ways to maximize his resources. Above all, he perseveres with the hope of a better future. Jesuit Refugee Service Thailand (JRS) has been privileged to accompany him in his courageous journey.
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Myanmar & Thailand: The Pope who blessed Myanmar
Mae Hong Son, 21 December 2017 - The presence of Pope Francis in Myanmar left a sense of joy and hope for a lot of Myanmar people, even outside of Myanmar, in the Thai border camps. Fr Bambang A. Sipayung SJ, the Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Asia-Pacific went there and discussed with the refugees in the camps.
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Thailand: Education Promotes Resilience
Bangkok, 19 December 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service launched the Urban Education Project in January 2017. The Project provides refugees access to education to young adults who can’t go to Thai schools anymore and give an opportunity for vocational training.
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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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Thailand: World Refugee Day with the urban refugees in Bangkok
Bangkok, September 2017 – From the 17th of June until the 6th of July, JRS in collaboration with other organizations, celebrated World Refugee Day with the asylum seekers and refugee communities in Bangkok. JRS and its partners organized three events throughout the city.
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Somali refugee women in Thailand find solace in art therapy
Bangkok, 10 August 2017 — An art therapy group run by JRS in Bangkok is helping traumatized urban refugees share harrowing personal experiences and process loss.
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Urban Education Project: Creating dialogue between Thai and refugee students
Bangkok, 26 July 2017 – In January 2017, Jesuit Refugee Service Thailand launched its Urban Education for Refugees Project. In July 2017, the first “Peer support activity” was organized in collaboration with the Military Technical Training School in Bangkok.
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