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30 Aug 2012 description

Addis Ababa, 30 August 2012 – The importance of building mental strength and learning coping mechanisms during forced displacement was emphasised at a recent Jesuit Refugee Service life skills workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ability of refugees to face adverse situations with a positive attitude links closely to general wellbeing, employability and relationship building.

"Life skills are important because they give children and adults more control over their lives", said JRS Project Director, Ms Hanna Petros, in her opening remarks.

21 Oct 2011 description

Kampala, 21 October 2011 – In late September what at first glance seemed like a routine trip to the zoo, went a long way to bringing normality and as such important psychosocial benefits to refugee students in the JRS English class in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

22 Jul 2011 description

By Azale Gulilat, JRS Social Worker, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, 18 July 2011 – Eighteen asylum seekers and undocumented refugees now have sufficient knowledge to start their own business, after participating in a four-day workshop in basic business skills, organised by JRS in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“Business skills are important because they help you become independent and sustain your family, no matter where you will live in the future”, said the Project Director of the JRS Emergency Needs Programme, Hanna Petros, at the beginning of the training.

20 Jan 2010 description

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1. Sudan: violence puts stability at risk

On 9 January, the UN peacekeeping force in Sudan, UNMIS, voiced concern over the recent escalation of violence in Southern Sudan. In the last two weeks, more than 150 people have been killed, and many more injured and displaced by inter-ethnic violence throughout the autonomous region.

17 Apr 2009 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

SUDAN: DETERIORATING SECURITY HAMPERS PROVISION OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

According to a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) statement on 24 March, the deteriorating security situation in several parts of southern Sudan is hampering the return of Sudanese refugees and disrupting humanitarian activities in the area.

In mid-March, life in the border towns of Yei, Nimule and Kapoeta was brought to a standstill when war veterans from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) organised coordinated protests. The veterans claim they have not been paid their …

19 Jan 2009 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

ETHIOPIA: REFUGEE INFLUX EXPECTED AS ARMY WITHDRAWS FROM SOMALIA

On 15 January, Ethiopian troops supporting the Somali government withdrew completely from the capital Mogadishu, leaving a power vacuum that is expected to lead to further bloodshed.

Analysts fear the withdrawal of approximately 3,000 Ethiopian soldiers will cause more violence in Somalia, which has been mired in civil conflict for the last 18 years.

29 Aug 2008 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

1. EASTERN AFRICA: FOOD CRISIS ON THE HORIZON

Droughts and increases in cereal and fuel prices have caused a serious food crisis in the region, JRS Eastern Africa Regional Advocacy and Policy Officer, Karen Monteiro, told Dispatches on 25 August. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed in early August that it will need an additional 400 million US dollars if a humanitarian crisis is to be averted.

17 May 2007 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

UGANDA: GOVERNMENT AND REBELS SIGN PHASE TWO OF THE PEACE DEAL

On 2 May, the government of Uganda and the rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) signed an accord to extend the ceasefire and agreed phase two of a peace agreement. The previous ceasefire ended earlier this year on 28 February, creating instability and raising anxieties among the population in northern Uganda.

"News of the extension of the ceasefire brought relief to most, including the NGOs assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs).

17 Nov 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 142)

01 Jul 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 135)

15 Apr 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 130)

13 Feb 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 126)

27 Jan 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 125)

13 Dec 2002 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 123)

22 Nov 2002 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 122)

02 Oct 2002 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 119)

05 Oct 2001 description

Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International office

19 Jul 2001 description

MESSAGE FROM THE JRS INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR

16 Oct 2000 description

Refugee news briefings