Migrant children takes cups of tea served by a nun as migrants and refugees are registered by the authorities before continuing their train journey to western Europe at a refugee transit camp in Slavonski Brod, Croatia.

Emergencies

We make sure we can be there to help forcibly displaced people when they need us most. We have appeals running for refugees and internally displaced people from  Syria, Venezuela, and South Sudan, places with on-going, and in most cases forgotten humanitarian emergencies. These appeals are set up to provide support immediately through the money raised for our emergency fund. Whether forcibly displaced people are at risk due to conflict or natural disasters, we make sure we’re there providing all we can to ease their suffering and help them to recover.

Syria

In Syria the situation is increasingly dramatic. After 9 years of conflict, more than 11.7 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, of which 5 million are children.

JRS has been responding to the needs of those most affected in and around Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo, as well as in countries where Syrian refugees are hosted. Like a beacon, we provide hope to the hopeless; accompany the lonely, serving those who urgently need our help.

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Streets of Al Sakhour, Aleppo, Syria.

Venezuela

People continue to leave Venezuela to escape violence, insecurity, and threats as well as lack of food, medicine, and essential services. With over 4 million Venezuelans now living abroad, the vast majority in countries within Latin America and the Caribbean, this is the largest exodus in the region’s recent history.

Ongoing socio-economic developments in Venezuela compel growing numbers of people to leave for neighbouring countries and beyond. JRS offices in the region have increased their efforts to support forced migrants in Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico.

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Venezueln woman returns home after buying essential goods in Colombia

Beirut Explosion

Lebanon remains the country hosting the largest number of refugees per capita, with an estimate of 1.5 million Syrian refugees. JRS regional offices, country offices, and the Burj Hammoud social center and school were all badly damaged as they were each about 1.5 km from the explosion.

As we accompany the most vulnerable in Lebanon, we are grateful for all of our partners. We will rely on the generosity of our donor partners.

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Damages of the Beirut explosion

South Sudan

There are almost 300,000 refugees in South Sudan and 1.76 million internally displaced South Sudanese who were forced to flee their homes but did not cross an international border.

South Sudan ranks among the fastest-growing refugee situations in the world, with numbers swelling by an average of 500,000 people per year since 2013. Yet humanitarian funding for the crisis has declined by 10 percent per year during the same period.

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Children attend a class at the Gulawein school, in Maban, South Sudan.