JRS Syria staff stand together in serving the displaced
(Beirut) November 18, 2016 — The war in Syria has grabbed world headlines for almost six years now; the violence has killed and wounded thousands; millions have been made homeless: most of them displaced within Syria itself,while others have been forced to seek refuge in another country. Many towns and cities of Syria are destroyed beyond recognition.
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Syria: painting as a form of self-expression, a workshop for women at Deir Vartan
Aleppo, 29 May 2012 - Tucked away in the heart of Aleppo, at Deir Vartan Centre, JRS organises specific activities for female refugees of all ages, living in and around Aleppo. In an attempt to combine recreation and increasing self-awareness, an art workshop was organised.
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Syria: overcoming isolation through community
Aleppo, 25 May 2012 – Forced to flee religious sectarian persecution in Baghdad following the 2003 US-led invasion, Hakeem Nagi lost everything; his friends, family and job. After five years of isolation and loneliness, Hakeem is slowing rebuilding his life thanks to the support and training he received from the Jesuit Refugee Service Deir Vartan centre in Aleppo.
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Syria: where to now for Iraqis?
Aleppo, 25 May 2012  Bursting with energy, young Hassan and Nurredin are excited to have guests in their tiny home. They are overactive and when we’re not looking, attempt to sip coffee from our cups. They lead an isolated existence, and a visit from the JRS team is often the highlight of their day.

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Jordan: Sudanese refugees struggle against racism everyday
Amman, 19 June 2012 – Hidden amongst the throngs of Amman's population, Sudanese face discrimination on a daily basis. 


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Jordan: accompanying forgotten refugees in Jordan
Beirut, 25 April 2013 - Jordan has fast become a cross-roads for refugees from across the region as older conflicts and newer ones cause people to flee in search of safety and stability. In the sprawling capital city of Amman there are people from Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Syria, most of whom are faced with many difficulties with integration and survival on a daily basis. 

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Lebanon: keeping a special spirit alive
Beirut, 22 April 2013 - The road to the Lebanese village of Kafar Zabad is narrow, with potholes and deep puddles every couple of metres. Once a sleepy village in the Bekaa valley, close to the Syrian border, Kafar Zabad is now home to 150 Syrian families who have fled violence in their country.
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Syria: bringing displaced families together
Beirut, 29 April 2013 – The opportunity to have a moment of peace and quiet has all but vanished in Damascus. As violence in the 4,000 year old capital escalates, accompanied by acute shortages of daily commodities, it becomes harder to enjoy the simple things in life, much less a family meal.  Conscious of this, the JRS Damascus team now holds “family mornings” twice a month at the JRS St Albert Hurtado House in Bab Touma.

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Syria: turning pain into their most powerful weapon
Rome, 2 October 2013 – The outbreak of the Syrian conflict, which began more than two years ago, has affected around eight million people with food prices tripling, constant power cuts and worsening water sanitation as well as the destruction of hundreds of hospitals, schools and homes. It is only through this destruction, however, that one sees the true character of a man.
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Syria: Iraqi refugees on the sidelines of yet another conflict
Damascus, 12 December 2013 – After being forced to flee Iraq, Tarik* thought he had found safety for himself and his family in Syria. Two short years later conflict broke out.
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