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Worrying time in Kenya

Violence in Kenya in recent weeks has already taken more than 600 lives, and it is feared that the situation may worsen in coming days. John Guiney SJ, who spent many years working with the Jesuit Refugee Service in East Africa, has been corresponding with his colleagues there. From Elias Omondi SJ, Director of the Hakimani Faith and Justice centre ...

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Solemn greetings from Virginia Tech

Mia Ortega, a JVC volunteer some years ago, wrote from Virginia Tech just after the horrendous shootings which took 32 lives. A good friend of hers was killed after he came to the aid of another of the victims. Hello everyone, First of all, I’d like to thank you for the continued messages of concern, hope, and prayers. I am ...

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Living among the poor, listening to their silence

Mary Stokes spent a year as a Jesuit volunteer among the socially deprived people of the Ballymun flats in north Dublin. She reflects on the unsung heroes she met there, people who have helped to give a voice to the poor. Poverty is…on the barren soils of a far away continent…coins in a paper cup on street corner…in an empty ...

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Never go back: a refugee’s story

Egide Dhala, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, describes his experience of arriving in Ireland as a refugee and registers his gratitude to the JRS for their help. Jesuit Missionaries are to be found all over the world today. There are Irish Jesuit missionaries in Zambia, Malawi, Hong Kong, Cambodia, East Africa, Paraguay, and Japan. But just as our missionaries ...

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Working with lepers

St Francis Xavier was a frequent visitor to a house for lepers when he was in Goa. Now another Jesuit, Fr Luis Ruiz, in spite of his great age, works to alleviate the sufferings of thousands of lepers in mainland China. Saint Francis Xavier never made it to mainland China, dying within sight of that country on the island of ...

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Telling the Liberian story

Former Crescent pupil Liam Ó Cathasaigh prepares to go to Liberia with Colm Quinn to shoot a film about the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service there. This project is financed by the Irish Province as part of the Saint Francis Xavier centenary year celebrations. For almost fifteen years the people of Liberia have known little more than war. Around ...

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When children are forced to kill

As one project to commemorate the anniversary of St Francis Xavier, the JRS is sponsoring the making of a film about former child soldiers in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Liam Greene explains the project. To celebrate this centenary year of Saint Francis Xavier, who ‘went to the ends of the earth,’ the Irish Province, among its other celebrations, is ...

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Resisting the Lord’s Resistance Army

November 28, 2005 Resisting the Lord’s Resistance Army Africa’s most forgotten and vicious war by John Guiney SJ Night time in Gulu, northern Uganda is haunting. On roads and streets in town there are streams of unaccompanied children flowing in from the surrounding villages, seeking shelter and security for the night. They sleep in churches and schools, under trees, on the pavement, any place they find space and safety. Out there in their villages there is a lurking enemy prowling around, seeking to capture children for their vicious war. They are called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). They prefer to do their evil work at night

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