#Do1Thing: Laughter is the best medicine

When we think of a medical doctor among refugees, we might be forgiven for assuming that the doctor is there to provide emergency medical treatment. Continue reading

#Do1Thing: My unexpected swimming teachers

Najib is a Hazara who fled Afghanistan for Indonesia. Before arriving in Indonesia, he had no idea how to swim. Now he is learning with help from a few coaches. Continue reading

#Do1Thing: I share my knowledge with refugees

What Sari has is a little spare time, and the knowledge of her own language, Bahasa Indonesia. This is her gift to Hazara refugees who have fled Afghanistan for Indonesia. Continue reading

#Do1Thing: Hope for refugees begins with you

Pope Francis encourages each one of us to act to bring hope to refugees. At the Jesuit Refugee Service, we believe that we can all #Do1Thing to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate refugees in their communities. Continue reading

Responding to Refugees and Migrants: Twenty Action Points for The Global Compacts

For centuries, people on the move have received the assistance and special pastoral attention of the
Catholic Church. Today, facing the largest movement of displaced peoples in recent memory, the Church feels compelled to continue this work in solidarity with them and in cooperation with the international community. Continue reading

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018, 14 January 2018

Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (Matthew 25:35-43). Continue reading

Refugees: An opportunity to grow together

If we, as a human family, insist on only ever seeing refugees as a burden, we deprive ourselves of the opportunities for solidarity that are also always opportunities for mutual learning, mutual enrichment, and mutual growth. Continue reading

My Experience with Jesuit Refugee Service

I have learnt many things since I join JRS. Meeting with refugees and asylum seekers shows me how important it is to always have hope, even in the most difficult situation. Continue reading

Open Minds, Unlock Potential

On 20 June the world observed World Refugee Day. Over 65 million people – mothers, fathers, sisters and children – are in search of safety after being forced to leave their homes by war, violence and persecution. Continue reading

A Journey of an Iraqi Survivor

I was born in Baghdad, Iraq. It was a beautiful country, the place of the holy messengers. My country is bleeding since 2003. It became like hell. The people of my country are divided into many groups based on religion and ethnicity, which lead them to fight each other and kill for nothing more than worldly pleasure. Continue reading

Accompaniment – Encountering Those Forsaken

After visiting for several days and observing the refugees’ activities, I noticed a teenage boy sitting alone in a tent, while his friends were outside. I was so curious, so I went to see him. “My name Mohammad Hasan,” he introduced himself. Continue reading

My Short Experience with JRS

My name is Gifttra, an IT student from President University. I am now in my last period of study, and I am in an ongoing formation process of Magis Jakarta, a community that helps me to know more about God. This community offers me an array of different methods in searching for God. One of it is immersion, learning while living with marginalized communities. I was placed in JRS Bogor together with my 3 friends Risha, Dony, and Ririn.
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