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Waters from River Tarach flooding a section of Kakuma Refugee Camp / Fr. Jose Padinjareparampil, SDB

Flash Floods Threatening Apostolate of Salesians at World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Kenya

Flash floods in the region of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Lodwar are threatening the apostolate of members of the Religious Institute of Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering at the world’s largest refugee camp, Kakuma, an official has told ACI Africa in an interview.

JRS Programme Manager Felix Omollo (R) with UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi visiting a JRS project in Yambio, South Sudan. / Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa

Jesuits, UNHCR Partner to Improve Living Conditions of Deprived Populations in South Sudan

The leadership of the international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to improve the living conditions of deprived populations in South Sudan.

With her new tricycle,donated by UNHCR and JRS, Sadié can move around the camp and go to class more easily. / Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

Jesuit Entity, UNHCR Partner to Support Refugee Children Living with Disabilities in Chad

The international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in reaching out to refugee children living with disabilities in Chad.

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Caritas Internationalis Offering Help and Comfort to Migrants in Mali

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is offering help and comfort to migrants leaving Africa for Europe through Mali, housing them and providing them with “support and advice on their journey.”

The delegation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). / Bishop Jose Luis.

What Southern African Delegation Recalls from Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese Solidarity Visit

The four-member delegation came face to face with “human tragedy” during their solidarity visit to the Local Ordinary of Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese earlier this month, a Bishop on the delegation has recounted.

Interrupted Assistance Posing Multiple Threats to Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia: Cleric

The “sudden interruption” of assistance to Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia amid the ongoing violent conflict in Tigray region is posing multiple threats to hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, a Catholic Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe has said.

President Alassane Ouattara (right) and his main opponent, former head of state Henri Konan Bedie (left). /

Bishops in Ivory Coast Urge President, Opposition Leader to “continue, intensify dialogue”

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have called on the President and one of the opposition leaders in the West African country to “continue and intensify” the recently initiated dialogue and resolve the post-election standoff following the contested October 31 poll.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, (right) and former president and opposition leader Henri Konan Bedie (left) have their first meeting since the national election in Abidjan on November 11, 2020. /

Holy Father Appeals for “reconciliation, peaceful coexistence” in Ivory Coast amid Tension

Pope Francis on Sunday, November 15 appealed for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in Ivory Coast amid rising tension following the contested October 31 poll.

South Sudanese refugees in Sudan. / UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Bishop Bemoans Mistreatment, Poisoning of South Sudanese Students in Sudan Refugee Camps

Refugees from South Sudan who have gone to neighboring Sudan in search of better living conditions are being mistreated instead and are being denied wages when they go to work in farms while some are poisoned in their camps, a Catholic Bishop in the host country has told ACI Africa.

Eritrean refugees protest conditions in Libyan detention. /

Cleric Highlights Plight of Eritrean Refugees: Rejected, Exploited, Prostituted, Deprived

A Rome-based Eritrean Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe has highlighted the plight of Eritrean refugees in neighboring Ethiopia who, he says, have been rejected and become “victims of exploitation, prostitution and deprivation.”

Children in Burkina Faso Risking “forced recruitment by jihadists”: Missionary Cleric

A missionary Priest ministering in Burkina Faso has expressed his concerns about the multiple cases of insecurity in the landlocked West African nation and cautioned about the danger of children who have not been attending school for over a year being targeted for recruitment by jihadists operating mainly in the east and north of the country.

Pictures of the attacks by jihadists in Mocímboa da Praia in Mozambique. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International.

EU Legislators Call for Intervention in Jihadist Crisis in Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese

Members of the European Parliament, the legislative arm of the European Union (EU), are concerned about the attacks by jihadists in Cabo Delgado Province, a region covered by Mozambique’s Pemba diocese.

Uganda's Cabinet Minister in charge of Refugees, Hillary Onek  inspecting the production of  Face Masks at the Don Bosco Vocational Training Center (VTC). / Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Services

Ugandan Government Lauds Young Refugees for Pioneering Mass Production of Face Masks

Young refugees living at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Settlement have been applauded for being the first ever group to engage in the mass production of face masks, which they distribute to the most vulnerable communities in the East African country for free to contain the spread of COVID-19.

How Jesuit Refugee Service in Angola Has Adjusted in the Wake of COVID-19

Officials of the international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) based in Angola have had to adjust their approaches in order to meet the needs of beneficiaries in the wake of COVID-19, one of the officials has said.

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How Jesuit Refugee Service is Keeping Refugees in Africa Safe amid COVID-19 Challenges

The leadership of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, outlined how the personnel of the Catholic agency are keeping refugees in West Africa and the Great Lakes regions safe amid COVID-19 pandemic, which has worsened the already existing challenges.

Jean Cardinal Zerbo, Archbishop of Bamako, Mali. /

Religious Leaders in Mali Challenged to be “sentinels, mediators of Peace”

A Cardinal in Mali has challenged religious leaders to take up the role of safeguarding peace in the example of sentinels and foster dialogue to end the protracted armed conflict in the West African nation.

Poster for World Refugee Day 2020 / Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network-Africa (JENA)

On World Refugee Day, Jesuits in Africa Urge Host Nations to Foster Refugees’ “wellbeing”

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day (WRD) marked June 20 since 2001, members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar are calling on nations hosting refugees “not to exclude” them in their respective “socio-economic” programs amid COVID-19 challenges.

A Banner at a hospital in Uganda Palbek Refugee Camp. /

“Our refugees not following rules to control spread of COVID 19”: Salesians in Uganda

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) serving in Uganda’s Palabek refugee camp have highlighted some of the challenges they are experiencing as they strive to keep the refugees safe, reporting failure to adhere to COVID-19 precautionary measure on the part of the refugees.