Cambodia: Srey Puth creates change through education

Battambang, 14 November 2016 - Srey Puth is a young and dynamic Cambodian woman. She was born in the late eighties in a refugee camp at the Thai-Cambodia border. During that time war ravaged the region. Armed groups planted the earth with landmines and cluster bombs all over the country. 



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Halwo's tale – My land is yours to have

 2 September 2016- She didn't want her face splayed on photographs or her real name printed in bold on pages of unknown, unimaginably far-away newspapers. But Halwo* wanted people to know. To know that lives of the other are here, present and stingingly overlooked.



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Thailand: Doing what is possible in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand 4 May 2016- Iman was banging on the desk, crying about the circumstances she and her child had been put into. Pattarada Rittang said, “It is tragic what has happened to you but think of your child next to you, focus your energy on doing what is possible.”



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Global: 'no one says hello' – a story of four Syrian women

Rome, 4 April 2016 -- Mary, Miriam and Edith are three Syrian sisters from Damascus. They have been in Italy for a year and a half. Their mother arrived six months ago. But now they want to go back, despite the dangers of Syria. "Life is like a cinema," the mother said. "We are now blocked, as if our lives have stopped. We only have memories; it's like watching a movie of our lives."




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International Women’s Day: Recognising the strength and capacity of refugee women

8 March, 2016- Women and girls comprise about half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population across the world. On International Women’s day, it is important to remember that some of the most vulnerable, yet resilient, women in our society are newly arrived refugees.



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Philippines: Women an integral part of JRS initiatives

Mindanao, 15 December 2015- JRS works and promotes an inclusive process where women’s experiences and perspectives are recognized, accounted for in discussions and policies that promote peace and reconciliation in their communities in the midst of violence and conflict.


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Philippines- Raising awareness of the BBL

October 14, 2015- Women-beneficiaries expressed happiness with projects carried out by JRS staff member Linang Otto in the Philippines. She shares a reflection on her work.


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Psychosocial Accompaniment for Women & Girls in Bangkok

15 June 2015-The sessions of group psychosocial counselling that JRS Thailand provides to women and to unaccompanied girls in Bangkok help build a sense of normalcy in an abnormal setting.

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Livelihoods & Women in the Philippines
23 March 2015- In 2014, JRS carried out a livelihoods programme in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao and in Zamboanga city in Mindanao.
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Indonesia: baking bread
Yogyakarta, 8 March 2012 – How am I going to provide for my children? This question passes through the minds of all parents. But for some, it is a daily question that motivates their every move.
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Thailand: hopes for freedom and peace
Mae Hong Son, 8 March 2012 – I am May Tho*. I live in Refugee Camp 1 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand and I work for KnED (Karenni Education Department). 

I would like to tell you about my life.

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Cambodia: a grandmother wishes for a world free of cluster bombs and landmines
Phnom Penh, 8 March 2012 – Hardened, darkened, worn away by the sun, Yay Mao’s skin has transformed into a strong, leathery shield, protecting her from the outside world. Like any well-worn leather, Mao’s skin has slowly stretched over time and is now excessively large for her shrinking, frail figure. She thinks she is 65 but when asked what year she was born, she cannot say. Her skin would suggest many years older.
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Thailand: Young and alone in Bangkok - a story of survival
Bangkok, 08 November 2011 – Nikou is 28. She fled Iran after being arrested during a protest and imprisoned without a trial for over a year. Now she is seeking asylum in Bangkok, waiting and hoping the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will declare her a refugee and resettle her to a new country.
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Thailand: Arriving with nothing but giving everything
Mae Sot, 4 March, 2012 – Marlar sat on the bamboo floor of her home that serves as a shop, safe house and sometimes medical clinic. She prepared betel nut, a mixture of tobacco and areca nut and lime wrapped in a betel leaf, for the visiting JRS staff to chew while she told us about her work.
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Cambodia: landmines, flooding, and loss of family cannot stop one woman from looking towards the future
Phnom Penh, 1 March 2012 –“If you write about my story, you’ll never finish.” Han chuckles to herself revealing a mouthful of dark, empty crevices. Han’s remaining teeth are yellowed and cracked, stained by the challenges and struggles that life has forced upon her.
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Thailand: Finally Facing Good things
Bangkok, 06 December 2011 – Alone in detention, Theresa survived for her unborn daughter. Now she lives for the future she forgot she had. 

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Thailand: Women live as invisible refugees to survive in the big city
Bangkok, October 3, 2011 – Adhi has given up hope. When she left Sri Lanka with her four children in 2009 she did not know what to expect. All that she was looking for was a place where she could finally feel safe from the war that had been devastating Sri Lanka for the past 20 years.
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Thailand: Beyond the playground - young girl makes the most of education
Bangkok, 03 June 2011 – We first met Khin Chor Su at her elementary school. Her teachers were impressed with her dedication to her studies and thought we should meet her to hear about the importance of education for Burmese migrants in Ranong, Thailand.
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Thailand: Mary's House is home to many
Wiang Hang, 31 January, 2011– Mary shuffles slowly through her home. At 75-years old, it takes her longer to get around than it used to. After running her orphanage – modestly named Mary’s House – for 11 years, she admits that she feels her age. 
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Thailand: Surviving for the sake of her baby
Bangkok,13 December 2010 – Amina came to Bangkok looking for a new life for her and her baby.  “(I hoped for) a free life compared to Djibouti,” Amina said. "Freedom on what I want to eat, where to go to church, etc. No one to control me".

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Thailand: Spending teen years detained

waiting for resettlement

Bangkok, 14 January 2010 – Looking at Divea, she seems like an average 18-year-old girl. Wearing a fashionable denim skirt with a t-shirt and long, black hair, she could easily fit in at her high school back in Sri Lanka. But after speaking with Divea for a few minutes, you may forget that she is only 18. Unfortunately, she seems to have forgotten as well. After spending over a year detained in Bangkok's Immigration Detention Centre, she says she has been forced to grow up fast.

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