News and Stories

31 Jul, 2021

Eric Velandria SJ, JRS Senior Education Specialist, tells how Ignatius’s life story inspires him to be hopeful and to faithfully accompany those on the margins.

Eric Velandria SJ, JRS Senior Education Specialist, tells how St. Ignatius’s life inspires him to accompany those on the margins.
19 Jul, 2021

When schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, refugee students, their parents, and teachers had to find innovative ways to guarantee they could continue pursuing their education despite the limited resources.

Soumaya is a 20-year-old student at the Lycée (high secondary school) in Djabal refugee camp
07 Jul, 2021

They are the children of refugees who have become permanent residents. Yet they continue to struggle for official acknowledgement and a more secure status.

Ali was born in Johannesburg to Congolese refugees. He has always considered himself South African.
01 Jul, 2021

Enrique “Kike” Figaredo SJ is the Apostolic Prefect of Battambang, Cambodia where he is known as “the bishop of the wheelchairs,” for his humanitarian assistance with landmine victims.

Enrique “Kike” Figaredo SJknown as “the bishop of the wheelchairs,”
21 Jun, 2021

We pray in thanksgiving for the life of our companion Fr Fridolin Pfluger SJ, who passed away on 19 June 2021 after contracting the coronavirus. Fr Pfluger dedicated his life to the service of refugees and other forcibly displaced people in Africa and Germany.

20 Jun, 2021

A former mathematics student back in Syria, Nawal did not expect that her life and work would change radically when she decided to flee with her husband and son to Lebanon. Being a refugee is undoubtedly a hard experience, but Nawal found a way to channel her sufferings and heal.

JRS staff making home visits in Beirut, Lebanon
03 Jun, 2021

Over 20 faith-based organisations stand with the suffering people of Myanmar and call on the country’s military to stop the violence, respect the sanctity of all human life, and work towards a just and lasting peace throughout the country.

27 May, 2021

Jesuit Refugee Service expresses heartfelt condolences to those, including our staff, who have been impacted or displaced by the massive Mount Nyiragongo eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo this weekend.

26 May, 2021

With the aim to improve the quality of education, JRS is retraining teachers like Elizabeth and distributing learning materials to students and education centres.

Beatrice (right) with her mother Elizbeth (left) receiving livelihood support from JRS: a sewing machine, sewing thread, a pair of scissors, a local pressing iron and a measuring tape