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29 Aug 2018 description

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37 years of serving refugees around the world

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.

21 Jun 2018 description

Rome, 20 juin 2018 – Le pape François a a pressé la communauté mondiale d’adopter une réponse partagée à la situation mondiale des réfugiés, qui peut être définie en 4 mots : accueillir, protéger, promouvoir, intégrer. En cette Journée Mondiale des Réfugiés, le Service Jésuite des Réfugiés (JRS) et Entreculturas construisent sur les mots du pape François en plaidant pour l’éducation des réfugiés à travers la campagne 4 Words to Open the World (4 mots pour ouvrir le monde).

20 Jun 2018 description

Rome, 20 June 2018 - Pope Francis has urged the global community to adopt a shared response to the global refugee situation that may be articulated in four words: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. This World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are building upon Pope Francis’s words to advocate for refugee education with the campaign 4 Words to Open the World.

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. 

15 Aug 2017 description

Goz Beida, 15 August 2017 - In a small village in Eastern Chad where living conditions are harsh and the environment is perpetually hot and dry, Joana Gomes, the Project Director for JRS in Goz Beida, Chad, finds beauty in the surrounding mountains and in the community.

“I love it there. Even though it is remote, I am living a normal life. Being with such open and kind people, I have made it my home” she says.

30 Nov 2016 description

Iriba, 28 novembre 2016 - « Notre société pense que nos filles ne sont là que pour la reproduction, pour prendre soin des enfants à la maison et s’occuper du ménage. Ce point de vue rétrograde les femmes, leur image et leur rôle dans la société » a dit Nafisa, bibliothécaire au Centre Jeunesse dans le camp de réfugiés d’ Amnabak.

30 Nov 2016 description

Iriba, 28 November 2016 - “Our society thinks that daughters are only for reproduction, for taking care of the children at home and for looking after the household. This view demotes women, their image and their role in society” says Nafisa, a librarian at the JRS Youth Centre in Amnabak Refugee Camp.

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.

16 Oct 2014 description

Rome, 16 October 2014 – While forcibly displaced persons make up only a tiny portion of those suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition, the rise in conflict-induced displacement is putting serious strains on the capacity of the international community to meet the basic food needs of those fleeing conflict. Nothing better illustrates the hardship faced by refugees and internally displaced persons than the on-going conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, and the protracted refugee crisis in Chad.

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.

27 Mar 2013 description

Yaoundé, 27 March 2013 – JRS staff were forced to evacuate the Central African Republic (CAR) and suspend projects for the second time in three months due to worsening conflict between government forces and the Séleka rebel coalition.

30 Jun 2011 description

Rome, 22 June 2011 – A senior UN official said Chad would need assistance in reintegrating into society child soldiers being demobilised under an agreement signed last week.

Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, reporting on her visit to that country to witness the action plan signed by both parties in N'Djamena, said she was very happy with the commitment from the Chadian Government, but concerned that the children will need help integrating back into their communities.

23 Mar 2011 description

N'Djamena, 23 March 2011 - JRS has opened an interdisciplinary vocational training centre for former child soldiers in Guereda, in Dar Tama province near the border with Sudan.

The centre, which was officially opened on 14 March, is an integral part of the JRS project, Prevention of Recruitment and Reintegration of Ex Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (Ex-EAFGA), in operation since last October.