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03 Sep 2018 description

Overview Refugee Children in Addis Ababa

As of August 2018 a total of 22’802 refugees reside in Addis Ababa, mostly from Eritrea, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region. Of the total urban refugee population 7698 (34%) are children. 868 are unaccompanied and separated (377 UAC, 491 SC). Whereas 18’981 refugees are residing in Addis under the Out of Camp Policy, 3821 refugees are urban assisted due to their medical, protection or humanitarian needs and receiving financial assistance from UNHCR and partners.

12 Dec 2017 description

Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways. The life of a forced migrant in an urban environment is often one invisibility and simultaneous exposure. Urban refugees and asylum seekers constantly face protection risks and are often denied access to basic services, exposing them to unique social vulnerabilities.

06 Nov 2017 description

Addis Ababa, 6 November 2017 – Last week JRS officially inaugurated its Child Protection Centre in Addis Ababa. The centre is the first of its kind and has been operating since July. It provides a comprehensive child protection response to unaccompanied and vulnerable refugee children through various activities.

17 Oct 2017 description

Rome, 17 October 2017 – A symposium called Religion and Responses to Migrants and Refugees in Europe: The Catholic Church in Comparative Perspective took place in Rome between 12 and 14 October. It was organized by the University of Notre Dame, together with the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. The key question it sought to address was how religion can play a role in integrating people and facilitating encounters and dialogue.

04 Jan 2016 description

Mai Aini, 8 December 2015 – "Have you ever counselled someone who later disappeared on the way to Europe?" Sebhat* gazes off, detaching himself from the reality in Mai Aini camp. Only his eyes tell a story of pain and loss.

For reporters and government officials, heads of state and humanitarian agencies, the record numbers of refugee lives lost at sea or in the Sahara in recent years are indigestible statistics devoid of emotion. For 58-year-old Sebhat, they are faces, memories, loved ones and compatriots.

30 Apr 2013 description

Washington DC, 30 April 2013 — Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia is home to more than 13,500 refugees from neighbouring Eritrea. The Jesuit Refugee Service provides counseling and recreational services to the camp residents, and provides a library and study space to help the refugees cope.

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.

02 May 2012 description

Dollo Ado, 3 May 2012 – My first experience with refugees was in Mai-Aini camp in northwest Ethiopia. I worked with Jesuit Refugee Service as a Sports and Recreational Activities Officer there for just under a year. Eighty percent of the camp residents were young, male Eritrean refugees, most of whom had fled their country for political reasons. The life-affirming challenges I met there prepared me for my current role in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia.

02 Feb 2012 description

Addis Ababa, 02 February 2012 – An inspirational workshop has provided a group of refugees and asylum seekers in Ethiopia with an appreciation of gender roles and equality as a basis to work towards behavioural change.

According to JRS Ethiopia Social Worker, Guliliat Azale, the workshop surpassed expectations of most participants. Sharing household activities equally, taking some responsibility for childcare, and sending girls as well as boys to school, were just three of the proposals for behaviour change which emerged during the discussions.

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.

31 Jan 2011 description

Addis Ababa, 27 January 2011 - As part of its mandate to empower refugees through the provision of non-formal education, this year's JRS annual trip focused on raising awareness of obstetric fistula (or vaginal fistula), a disease affecting women in developing countries.

20 Jan 2010 description


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.

15 Dec 2005 description


31 Oct 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 141)

27 Sep 2002 description

"JRS has had a long-standing involvement in Ethiopia: registered in 1982, Fr. Roland Turenne SJ braved the intricacies of dealing with the Dergue dictatorship to start up the first JRS projects there. These were programmes especially for relief - not surprising in the times of famine. JRS went on to assist in projects for the 'relocated' in Kishe, for development in Tigray, for the displaced in Debre Zeit and in Addis Ababa, for education in Gambella and for refugees in the Community Centre and Parish Outreach programme, also in Addis Ababa.

16 Apr 2002 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 110)

16 Oct 2000 description

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