JRS: Meeting emergency needs of refugees in Ethiopia

The Jesuit Refugee Service Emergency Needs Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, serves the needs of asylum-seekers and refugees from Somalia and elsewhere in Africa who seek to escape famine, war and persecution in their homelands. The program was established in 1997, initially as a parish outreach program, and became the ENP in 2004.

“The Emergency Needs Program is mainly for asylum seekers, for those who are newcomers to Ethiopia,” said JRS Ethiopia Country Director Seyoum Asfaw.

“The newcomers sometimes come directly to JRS, and sometimes they are referred to us by the local parish. Sometimes the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs, the government body concerning refugees, refers them to JRS, and UNHCR also refers these refugees to JRS.”

Read the full story on the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA website. bit.ly/o4wD4C

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