33 Years on, the Needs of Displaced are bigger than EverThursday, November 14th, 2013
The year 2013 has seen more and more people forced from their homes and countries. Driven by fear of violent conflict in Myanmar and the Middle East, threats of life, torture and serious abuse, children, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters see no other way as to engage in perilous journeys to safety.
But the increasing need is not merely measurable in numbers, there is not only threat in the lack of food and housing for the millions on the move. The biggest need arises from the decline in solidarity and empathy. Nurtured by xenophobia and a one sided focus on national security many tend to forget about the humanitarian principles and the rights mankind agreed to uphold globally after the human catastrophe of the Second World War.
With sadness we see an increasing number of people being detained in host countries when their flight leads them across state borders, being pushed away on boats, planes or on foot; being rejected yet again by host communities for being different. Is it a sign that we have grown too complacent, that our privileges and safety distance us from those in dire need. Is it that we cannot imagine ourselves in the same situation anymore, used to our rights being respected, our homes and cities being save we have grown cynical about those asking for our protection and help.
Living in Indonesia where now some 11.000 men, women and children seek protection from persecution I am saddened by hearing and reading refugees being called ‘illegal’, seeing children, men and women locked away for months for no other reason than seeking safety. Just as I am writing these lines my phone is ringing with yet another cry for help, ‘’We have only this day left, tomorrow we have to leave our room, we have to stay on the road, we eat only once a day, please friend we hope, as we trust in God, please do something for us.”
Celebrating 33 years of being with and serving refugees, JRS would like to encourage you to extend your hospitality and support to our brothers and sisters that are here to seek protection.
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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
Yogyakarta, 20 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to … Continue reading
Together with the Community of United Volunteers Yogjakarta, JRS Indonesia took part in the emergency response in Kelud. The Community of United Volunteers Yogjakarta, comprised of a diverse group of individuals and students from Yogyakarta, work together in humanitarian disaster response, being present and providing support in the form of accompaniment, counseling activities or delivering urgently needed goods. JRS Indonesia provided funds to support the operational and expenditure of urgently need goods, also presence in the field for two days, on February 26-27, 2014. Continue reading
Celebrating 33 years of being with and serving refugees, JRS would like to encourage you to extend your hospitality and support to our brothers and sisters that are here to seek protection. Continue reading
“It’s not enough to give a sandwich if it isn’t accompanied by the possibility of learning to stand on one’s own two feet. Charity that does not change the situation of the poor isn’t enough. True mercy, which God gives and teaches us, calls for justice, for a way in which the poor can find a way out of poverty.” Continue reading
The Jesuit Refugee Service joined together with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and representatives of a number of faith-based organisations to call for greater protection for refugees.
The multilingual, 16-page declaration, known as an Affirmation of Welcome, is the first to involve UNHCR and a spectrum of faith-based organisations. Continue reading
In May 2013 JRS supported the SUAKA Diplomat briefing on the situation of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Indonesia. SUAKA and JRS participated in a Focus Group Discussion at the National Human Rights Commission discussing and promoting Indonesia’s ratification of the convention on the status of Refugees and its protocol. SUAKA continues to provide legal advice and accompaniment to Asylum Seekers during the RSD process mostly referrals from JRS. Currently a more comprehensive referral system is developed in a collaboration of JRS and SUAKA. Continue reading
It was Sunday evening of 9 September 2012. Twelve African men were walking toward a rather big shop in Cipayung. They were some asylum seekers from Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia. Their destination, a place on the third floor of that … Continue reading
Yogyakarta, 14 November 2011 – 31 years is not short measured on a lifetime. After a 31 year journey JRS is proud of the heritage of spiritual insights from Pedro Arrupe who arouse the concern of people for the refugees. This year, JRS Indonesia celebrated its 31st anniversary in many simple ways. Continue reading
It was the 20st of June, World Refugee Day, and JRS had invited to come to Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta. About 50 people including lecturers, representatives of civil society and students from Indonesia, Thailand and Burma/Myanmar had gathered here to watch the film describing the experiences and challenges faced by refugees in their home country and in the country of asylum (Malaysia). “Personally I appreciate everyone that helps them (refugees) and accepts them in their country … these people fleeing and their voices touched everyone of us” states Lorence a student from Myanmar/Burma at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta still touched by the stories shared through the film. Continue reading