Christian Wlaschütz of Jesuit Refugee Service Colombia discusses the work of JRS with people displaced by the conflict in Colombia.
One area where JRS works is with young people; attempting to prevent the recruitment of youth into armed groups is key to ending the cycle of violence.
Advocacy by JRS in Colombia helped lead to a new law providing recitation of land illegally seized to be returned to its rightful owners. Although the actual restitution will be a long and difficult road, there now exists a legal framework for it to happen.
Mr. Wlaschütz also discusses the prospects for the current peace talks between the Colombia government and the leftist FARC rebel group.
Fr. John Jairo Montoya S.J., National Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Colombia, discusses the work of JRS in Colombia, particularly in the Bogota suburb of Soacha, and in the coastal community of Buenaventura.
Colombian refugees are the frequently forgotten victims of a nearly 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported in August that 19 mass displacements forced an estimated 8,200 people from their homes in July 2012, the highest figure recorded since 2009. That is a 129 per cent increase over June, and a 370 per cent increase compared to the same time last year.
In May of this year, staff from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA visited JRS projects in Colombia and spoke with our colleagues and forcibly displaced Colombians. Read more on the JRS/USA website here: http://bit.ly/NicB8I
Video produced by Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
The Jesuit Refugee Service Emergency Needs Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, serves the needs of asylum-seekers and refugees from Somalia and elsewhere in Africa who seek to escape famine, war and persecution in their homelands. The program was established in 1997, initially as a parish outreach program, and became the ENP in 2004.
"The Emergency Needs Program is mainly for asylum seekers, for those who are newcomers to Ethiopia,” said JRS Ethiopia Country Director Seyoum Asfaw.
"The newcomers sometimes come directly to JRS, and sometimes they are referred to us by the local parish. Sometimes the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs, the government body concerning refugees, refers them to JRS, and UNHCR also refers these refugees to JRS."
Read the full story on the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA website. http://bit.ly/o4wD4C
Produced by Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA