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.

Multi Purpose Hall Serves Refugees in Ethiopia

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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

Jesuit Refugee Service pastoral program in Addis Ababa

Each Friday the Jesuit Refugee Service Emergency Needs Program office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosts a pastoral program, which provides group discussion and counseling for refugees. “Almost every Friday, I come here. This program is so helpful,” said Laurent.

“I’m by myself. So I come to pray here, at the pastoral programs. The things in the Bible tell us why to keep our hearts [to keep hope],” added Vincent, another refugee from the DRC.

Because refugees in Addis seldom have access to, or can afford, local schools, JRS provides training programs in such skills as English and computer literacy.
Learn more here: bit.ly/qfw9hg

Somalia refugees in Ethiopia

A young refugee from Somalia at Malkadida refugee camp near Dollo Ado, Ethiopia.

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Jesuit Refugee Service accompanies residents of the camp by providing counseling services, adult literacy classes and a hugely successful youth program with sports and music components. (Christian Fuchs – Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)