Video: Sports Activities for Young Refugees in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia’s Mai Aini refugee camp, Jesuit Refugee Service works to promote the mental and physical well-being of refugees and to provide them with a positive use of their time — refugees in camps are generally stuck, with no jobs or other activities to fill their days —through provision of recreation activities (sports, music, theater and dance) and by providing a study space along with library services. More than 13,000 refugees from Eritrea live in the camp.

Learn more about JRS in the Horn of Africa on our website

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Young Refugee from Eritrea in Ethiopia

Young Refugee from Eritrea in Ethiopia

A young refugee from Eritrea plays in the water pouring from the multi-purpose hall June 21, 2013. The hall was built by Jesuit Refugee Service to serve refugees at Mai Aini refugee camp in Ethiopia. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

Video: Accompanying refugees from Eritrea in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia’s Mai Aini refugee camp, Jesuit Refugee Service works to promote the mental and physical well-being of refugees and to provide them with a positive use of their time — refugees in camps are generally stuck, with no jobs or other activities to fill their days —through provision of recreation activities (sports, music, theater and dance) and the provision of a study space along with library services. More than 13,000 refugees from Eritrea live in the camp.

Learn more about JRS in the Horn of Africa on our website.

Youth Program in Ethiopia’s Mai Aini Refugee Camp

The Jesuit Refugee Service youth program at Mai Aini Refugee Camp in northeastern Ethiopia serves young refugees from neighboring Eritrea. The program provides a library, music and arts training, and opportunities to participate in soccer, volleyball and basketball. JRS works with the primary and secondary schools at the camp to coordinate activities, giving youngsters a chance to participate in social activities after school hours.

 

Mai Aini Basketball Practice

Girls practice basketball during a Jesuit Refugee Service program at Mai Aini refugee camp in Ethiopia, home to 13,500 refugees from Eritrea, June 4, 2012. (Christian Fuchs – Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

 

 

75 migrants feared killed crossing Mediterranean Sea

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it is shocked by the accounts heard from five Eritreans who are allegedly the sole survivors of a boat tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea in which some 75 others are feared to have perished.

According to the survivors, around 80 people – mostly from Eritrea – set out more than 20 days ago in a small boat from the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in an attempt to reach Italy. They then became stranded at sea without fuel, food or water.

“As thirst and hunger set in people started dying, one by one, as the boat drifted in the sea,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters today in Geneva. “As passengers died, the survivors threw them into the sea.”

A fishing boat came across the five survivors and offered them some bread and water, but then left them, he added. The stranded boat was then found off the island of Lampedusa on August 20, by Italian authorities who took the five to Italy for treatment.
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