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25 Oct 2018 description

Introduction

Education provides us with knowledge about the world and the skills that are needed to have an impact. It can also lay the foundation for a strong society. Indeed, a good quality human resource capacity is considered a critical part of a nation. There are different social benefits of education such as greater civic engagement, better employment opportunities and access to networks.

Lóvua Context

17 Jul 2018 description

Luanda, 17 July 2018 – 17 years ago, I visited the Jesuits in Angola. On our way to a retreat house site outside Luanda, we stopped at Viana, a rural area where JRS was working with refugees from Rwanda and Congo and Angolans displaced by civil war.

17 years later, I visit Viana again. In 2018, Viana is now part of sprawling Luanda, a poor, mixed community of Angolans and refugees. JRS is still there.

15 Sep 2017 description

MDM

In Lovua Settlement, MDM is currently using the following intervention points/places: MSF’s Health Clinic; Group Activities: provisionally within UNICEF tents and outreach in the villages. In terms of casemanagement, some three cases were identified and supported during the reporting period, all related to emotional stress. Training on alternative group activities for refugee youth and team building activities. In terms of outreach, daily visit to the different villages in view to inform the community on available services and staff.

07 Sep 2017 description

PSYCHOSOCIAL COUNSELING PROVIDED

Activities:

  • Short Workshop: Balanced Couples Relationships (BCR), provided for two Angolan

  • Individual Emotional Support and Counselling to RDC Refugees:

  • 15.08.17 Male, adult - Traumatic Reallocation (45’)

  • 15.08.17 Female, adult - Traumatic Reallocation (30’)

  • 16.08.17 Male, adult - Emotional Support (30’)

  • 16.08.17 Female, adult - Emotional Support (40’)

  • 31.08.17 Male adult - Stress/Insomnia intervention (30’)

09 Jun 2017 description

Dundo, 9 June 2017 - The Jesuit Refugee Service and UNHCR are responding to the emergency situation in the province of Lunda Norte, Angola, providing support to thousands of Congolese fleeing violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

06 Jun 2017 description

Dundo, 17 May 2017 - “The situation here is desperately urgent. Thousands of Congolese are fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo and seeking refuge in neighbouring Angola,” reports Tim Smith, JRS Regional Director of Southern Africa, from his visit to north east Angola. More than 20,000 people have crossed the border since early April, fleeing increasing violence in Kasai Province. Women and children make up the majority of the refugees.

31 May 2017 description

Overview: This document presents Asylum Seekers population statistics of Congolese recently pre-registred in the provincial capital of Dundo and surroundings in Lunda Norte Province. The complex emergency in Kasai Central Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began with the violent uprising of a local militia (Kamuina Nsapu) in August 2016. Since then the crisis has spread to provinces of Kasai, Eastern Kasai and Lomami.

23 Jun 2016 description

Johannesburg, 23 June 2016 - Conflict, war and persecution drive people away from their homes, all too often, with only the clothes on their backs and whatever other possessions they could grab before fleeing. In recognition of these challenges, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Southern Africa ensures that education remains an essential part of rebuilding the lives of displaced people and has witnessed the fact that education irrefutably unlocks potential.

11 May 2011 description

Luanda, 11 May 2011 – In an attempt to combat domestic violence, sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) and provide education on HIV/AIDS, the Angolan office of the Jesuit Refugee Service is helping train community counsellors. Working in conjunction with local activists, JRS recently identified and trained eight counsellors.

15 Mar 2007 description

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CÔTE D'IVOIRE: NEW PEACE ACCORD MAY BRING SOLUTION TO BUFFER ZONE ILLS

On 4 March government and opposition leaders in Côte d'Ivoire signed an agreement in the capital of Burkina Faso outlining a new strategy for resolving their country's four-year-old crisis.

31 Jan 2007 description

In an annual meeting held between JRS country directors and Regional Director, Sr Joanne Whitaker RSM, it was acknowledged that all countries in the region are experiencing a decline in the number of refugees and asylum seekers, with an exception of South Africa.

The meeting, held just outside the South African city of Pretoria between 16 and 18 January, offered the country directors and Sr Whitaker the opportunity to identify common regional trends, review annual activities and present their plans for the future.

Falling numbers of refugees and asylum seekers in the region were …

17 Jan 2007 description

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Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

KENYA: SOMALI REFUGEES SEEK ASSISTANCE IN NAIROBI

Increased numbers of refugees have begun arriving in Kenya since fighting flared up between the Somalia Islamic Courts Union (SICC) and the Transitional Federal Government of Somali. In September alone an average of 300 refugees crossed the border daily.

This has brought the number of Somali refugees in Dadaab camp in northeastern Kenya to more than 160,000 while the number continues to rise with the renewed …

28 Oct 2006 description

Angolan refugees resident in neighbouring Zambia who fail to return home by the end of 2006 may lose their refugee status.

According to the Angolan embassy in Zambia, approximately 39,000 Angolans have already been returned home. An embassy official told a local newspaper that those who want to remain in Zambia will have to change their status into residents, paying fees to local migration authorities.

"In an odd way, this is good news for Angola and Angolans. Refugee status was never intended to be a lifetime affair.

28 Sep 2006 description

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15 Sep 2006 description

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Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

INTERNATIONAL: NGOS URGE UNHCR TO BE FAIR

On 1 September, JRS together with a number of other human rights NGOs working with refugees urged the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, to take immediate steps to fully implement basic standards of fairness in refugee status determination at all UNHCR field offices.

Organisations, such as Asylum Access, Christian Action, the International Refugee Rights Initiative, the Refugee Consortium of …

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18 Apr 2006 description

1. TANZANIA: BURUNDIANS RETURN HOME TO PROMISES OF FOOD