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.
Masisi, 13 October 2017 – In the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the territory of Masisi remains entrenched in armed conflict, ethnic violence, and instability. Within this insecure situation, thousands of families flee their homes each year.
Bangladesh: Responding to the plight of the Rohingya
Dhaka, 11 October – The JRS Deputy International Director, Fr Joseph Xavier SJ, is currently evaluating opportunities for JRS to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where over 500,000 people have fled violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 2017.
Cúcuta, 5 October 2017 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Colombia in Norte de Santander and the youth foundation Quinta con Quinta Crew recently gave their first joint workshop course on Ignatian leadership. The 25 young workshop participants who come from neighbourhoods throughout the city of Cúcuta are also participants in the "Youth Promoters" programme, an initiative that is part of JRS Colombia’s and the De Norte Bravos Hijos’ "From 9 to 9" project1.
El Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados y la Compañía de Jesús en Colombia presentan la publicación: “La ciudad: la última frontera para la acción humanitaria”. Este documento muestra una aproximación a la situación de Altos de la Florida (Soacha, Cundinamarca, Colombia) como el primer resultado de un trabajo de investigación que analiza la contribución de la acción humanitaria ante la situación de desprotección de las comunidades vulnerables en asentamientos informales urbanos.
Pablo Cortés Ferrández