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22 Jun 2018 description

Goz Beïda, 22 June 2018 – More than half of school-aged refugee children in Chad are not enrolled in school. Many of the more than 100,000 unenrolled children were born in refugee camps after their families fled conflict in their native Darfur. The ongoing conflict, which has not end in sight, has kept Darfuri refugees from returning home for more than a decade.

10 Apr 2018 description

N’Djamena, 10 April 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has worked in Chad since 2006 with the aim of serving, supporting, and defending Sudanese refugees who left their homes when the ongoing conflict first broke out in 2003. With the chronic nature of the conflict in Sudan, different UN agencies and NGOs gradually began to reduce aid, channelling it to other, more recent conflicts. The return of refugees to Sudan is virtually impossible for the time being and within this context, promoting the autonomy and integration of refugees in Chad has become a priority.

29 Sep 2017 description

N'Djamena, 29 September 2017 – More than a decade after the initial onset of conflict in their homeland, Darfuri refugees remain in twelve refugee camps throughout Iriba and Guereda, near the Chadian border with Sudan. In these twelve settlements, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) runs its largest education project worldwide, and for the past few years, this project focused on supporting students and educators transition to a new curriculum. 

27 Oct 2016 description

Iriba, 11 October 2016 - In Chad, socio-cultural traditions and gender roles limit educational opportunities for refugee girls. Child marriage and forced marriage are widely practiced, causing many girls in secondary school to drop out early. Girls are also charged with domestic duties such as retrieving water, providing for the family, and taking care of children. These responsibilities along with societal and familial pressures lead to high dropout rates that are not seen amongst boys.

02 Jul 2015 description

Washington, DC, 30 June 2015 – In Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad, the Jesuit Refugee Service is expanding our partnership with Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) and has started a new programme in the camp that will eventually offer an online, university-level diploma programme.

03 Nov 2014 description

Abéché, 1er novembre 2014 – Les pénuries alimentaires dans les camps de réfugiés ont obligé les familles à s'engager dans des pratiques autrement inacceptables. Quelques-unes marient leurs très jeunes filles en échange d'un paiement. Des petites filles font des lessives au lieu d'aller à l'école, pour seulement 1,75 dollars par jour. D'autres femmes se prostituent pour survivre.

03 Nov 2014 description

Abéché, 1 November 2014 – Food shortages in refugee camps forced families to engage in otherwise unacceptable practices. Some marry off their daughters early in exchange for payment. Young girls wash clothes instead of going to school for as little 1.75 US dollars a day; others engage in survival sex. Sixty percent reductions in food assistance last year for the 360,000 Sudanese refugee families in eastern Chad have not only put girls and women at risk, they have affected girls' education.

17 Sep 2014 description

N'Djamena, le 11 septembre 2014. Il ne faut pas sous-estimer ce que représente le fait de devoir marcher pendant des heures pour ramener de l'eau dans la chaleur étouffante du désert du Tchad oriental. C'est l'une des pires difficultés pour les femmes soudanaises vivant dans les camps de réfugiés du Tchad oriental, un lieu où les traditions socio-culturelles tendent à limiter leur rôle aux seules tâches domestiques : tâches ménagères, soins à apporter à de grandes familles, approvisionnement en eau.

17 Sep 2014 description

N'Djamena, 11 September 2014 – Walking long distances to fetch water in the blistering desert heat of eastern Chad is not to be underestimated. It is one of the most arduous of tasks facing Sudanese women living in refugee camps in eastern Chad, a place where socio-cultural traditions tend to limit their role strictly to the domestic sphere: household chores, caring for large families and fetching water.

18 Oct 2010 description


1. Australia: outsourcing asylum not the solution

2. Europe: protection must have priority in EU relations with Libya, JRS says

3. Haiti: situation still critical

4. International: UN head calls for new responsibility-sharing deal


5. Chad: Darfuri refugee children to attend secondary school

6. Zimbabwe: food aid helps children stay in school

7. Belgium: JRS receives prize for work in Syria

8. Italy: Writing Doesn't go into Exile award presentation

29 Jan 2010 description



29 Jan 2010 description

Dispatches is a fortnightly e-mail bulletin of the JRS International Office.

17 Mar 2009 description



Democratic Republic of Congo: caution prevails despite improved security in North Kivu

Caution, hope and patience are the terms used by JRS project director, Nicolas Dorronsoro, to describe the current atmosphere in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in eastern Congo.

Last December, the Congolese and Rwandan governments, after years of antagonism, surprisingly joined forces to disarm the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), Rwandan Hutu militias. In mid-February the

18 Oct 2007 description



On 2 October, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced it was facing a critical shortfall of US$11.1 million for its refugee return and reintegration operations budget in southern Sudan for this year.

UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis, reiterating the call for help, said in Geneva that the refugee agency's 2007 budget for the southern Sudan operation was US$56.1 million, but only US$45 million has been received.

Pagonis said that lack of funds in September had forced UNHCR to stop buying basic assistance items in …

28 Sep 2007 description



On 26 September, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) High Commissioner, Antonio Guterres, called for the early deployment of a new peacekeeping force in Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) authorised to protect civilians and facilitate the provision of aid amid a "very difficult and serious" humanitarian situation.

High Commissioner Guterres welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution establishing the multi-dimensional UN Mission in Chad and CAR (MINURCAT) to help alleviate the plight of thousands of …

30 Apr 2007 description




On 28 March, the official repatriation of Sudanese nationals from the northwestern camp of Yarenja ended. The last convoy carried 494 refugees, bringing the total to 1,488 refugees returned to southern Sudan during this last round of repatriation.

30 Mar 2007 description



On 19 March, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned that without fresh funding its stocks to feed tens of thousands of internally displaced persons in eastern Sri Lanka would run out by the end of April.

The WFP estimated that around 155,000 civilians are now displaced in the restive eastern district of Batticaloa as the military and Tamil rebels, the LTTE, fight a new chapter in the island's two-decade civil war.

25 Jan 2007 description

JRS staff in Chad reported on 24 January the increasingly tragic situation of refugees and displaced in the east of the country.

12 May 2005 description

On 11 May, according to IRIN, the UN news agency, aid agencies have withdrawn their staff from Iridimi, Touloum, Mile and Kounoungou refugee camps in eastern Chad following disturbances which led to the injury of seven aid workers in one particular incident.

These camps house some 190,000 refugees from the Darfur region, in western Sudan, who have fled into eastern Chad since the Darfur conflict erupted over two years ago.

The trouble broke out in Iridimi and Touloum camps when refugees refused to take part in a registration exercise and during a food distribution exercise, also …