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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.

29 Aug 2018 description

Who we are

37 years of serving refugees around the world

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.

14 Feb 2014 description

Maban, 14 February 2014 – As schools re-opened at the beginning of the month, an uneasy calm prevails in Maban, Upper Nile State of South Sudan. Staff from NGOs, both local and international, have started trickling back to the county, located in the northeastern part of Upper Nile State in South Sudan.

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, an estimated 863,000 people have been displaced by recent conflict which broke out in mid-December 2013. The majority of displaced remain inside South Sudan while 123,000 have fled to nearby countries.

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.

18 Oct 2012 description

Dollo Ado, 11 October 2012 – The deeper we travelled towards the southeastern Ethiopian-Somali border, the hotter it became. Our tents became excruciatingly hot during the day; and when it rained, they flooded. This was the challenging reality of a Jesuit Refugee Service team member in Melkadida camp when the Dollo Ado project first began operations in November 2011.

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.

17 Jun 2012 description

Dollo Ado, 16 June 2012 – The Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs told the Jesuit Refugee Service recently that the flow of refugees from Somalia into the Dollo Ado area has increased from about 300 a week to 1,000 a week. The refugees said they are given a stark choice in their homeland: give up a son to militants, or pay with livestock or cash to be left alone.

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.

16 Apr 2012 description

Dollo Ado, 16 April 2012 – Everything about the demeanour of the Somali refugees in Melkadida camp who participated in the International Women's Day celebrations last month encapsulated their desire and hope for change.

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.

19 Jan 2012 description

Dollo Ado, 18 January 2012 – Towards the end of 2011, JRS officially opened the first phase of its latest project, offering long-term assistance to Somali refugees in Melkadida camp, Dollo Ado, through education services, psychosocial counselling, and sports and recreational activities for young people. JRS seeks to provide tangible skills to Somali refugees in Melkadida camp ensuring their time spent in exile is not wasted.

16 Dec 2011 description

Addis Ababa, 16 December 2011 – With information and care, there is every reason to believe the number of women with fistula could be drastically reduced. This is what the more than 100 students from the JRS Refugee Community Centre (RCC) in Addis Ababa heard on a recent visit to a rehabilitation centre for women on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital.

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.

01 Sep 2011 description

Seventy percent of the population is suffering from malnutrition and mortality rates are alarming. In addition, it is believed many families do not report the death of their members in order to maintain food stamps.

Nairobi, 23 August 2011 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has confirmed its plans to establish new projects in Dollo Ado camps in Ethiopia. JRS will send a team to work in the area in the coming days and start as soon as possible to provide educational and psychosocial support to the refugee population.

26 Jul 2011 description

Nairobi, Rome, Washington DC, 25 July 2011 – In the midst of one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times affecting the Horn of Africa, the Jesuit Refugee Service has announced plans to step up ongoing work for Somalis in Ethiopia and Kenya, and establish new services in the former.