"Nothing can prepare you for what you will see and experience on the refugee camps of Maban in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. There is just dust, a scattering of trees and blazing sun." Newstalk journalist Susan Cahill saw how the Jesuit Refugee Service is transforming the lives of girls and women through its education programmes in Maban's refugee camps.
The pioneering work of Irish Jesuit, Michael J. Kelly SJ, as an educator and a campaigner for HIV/AIDS in his adopted home of Zambia, has been honoured on a postage stamp from An Post which is part of a set to mark St. Patrick's Day.
Noelle Fitzpatrick visited the Irish Jesuit Missions office recently to discuss her work as Country Director with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in South Sudan and update us about the recovery from 2019’s devastating floods.
August 2018 saw the Indian state of Kerala endure the worst flooding since 1924. Almost 500 people were killed. Homes, schools and businesses were destroyed leaving many people with no shelter and no livelihood.
Thousands of people, such as this mother and her children, have been forced to seek higher ground. Photo: Jesuit Refugee Service
The response to our emergency appeal for the flooding in South Sudan was overwhelming. Tony O’Riordan SJ and JRS are very grateful for the support.
Devastating flash floods displaced hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan earlier this year, putting lives in danger and cutting people off cut off from food and shelter. The situation is now improving. Your generous donations have helped significantly but the destruction caused by this crisis will not be fully resolved for a long time.