Noelle Fitzpatrick, Country Director for JRS South Sudan, pays tribute to her colleague, Fr Tony O’Riordan SJ who spent the last two years working with JRS in Maban where he 'opened doors' for both the host community and refugees.
"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.