Italy: dying to come to Europe
Rome, 22 January 2014 It’s a shame it took 500 lives, lost within days, to make Europe aware of the danger faced by people who desperately try to reach its territory to seek refuge.
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Global: building communities of hospitality
Mweso, 15 January 2014 – One evening, someone knocked at the door of the Jesuit Refugee Service centre in Mweso, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a region plagued by chronic conflict. Sr Paola Paoli opened the door, the guard at her side. She found a group of primary school children accompanied by a woman, who explained that they had fled an outburst of fighting in nearby Kalembe. They hitched a lift on a truck and reached Mweso, where someone told them about JRS. The JRS team took them in, gave them food and sheltered them for the night.
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Latin America: if you want peace, be hospitable
Bogota, 3 January 2014 – When speaking of the essential conditions for fostering peace, justice, truth, forgiveness and reconciliation are often listed; but rarely is hospitality mentioned.
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Latin America: non-refoulement at the borders, an essential principle
Bogota, 5 November 2013 – Refugees from Colombia, Haiti and Central America fleeing conflict and generalised violence leave their homes hoping to find safety for themselves and their families. Yet, some countries in the region arbitrarily refuse them entry at their borders and at times send them back to places where their lives, freedoms are in danger.
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Ecuador: chronicles of hospitality in Latin America
Quito, 14 October 2013 – When Ecuador promulgated a new constitution in October 2008, the world celebrated. Among the many accomplishments was the presence of paragraph 6 of article 416, in support of universal citizenship and freedom of movement throughout the world. Yet little more than five years later, gaining respect for the fine principles upon which it was based has proved more elusive than the initial celebrations led observers to believe.
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Thailand: Shan refugees strive for security and self-reliance
Wieng Haeng, 28 August 2013 – More than a decade ago, two Thai Buddhist temples opened their doors to provide sanctuary to 500 Burmese Shan refugees fleeing conflict between the Shan State Army and Burmese military forces in southern Burma. This hospitality was later extended to the refugees by the local authorities of the rural town of Wieng Haeng, which allowed the establishment of Krung Jor in 2002. But with the human rights situation improving in Burma, there is much talk of sending Burmese refugees home.
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Latin America: stories of hospitality, the case of Brazil
Bogota, 5 July 2013 – History reminds us that in the midst of the military dictatorship in the 1970s, Brazil opened its doors to migrants fleeing crises and continued to do so until recently.
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North Africa/Europe: the gulf between the EU's words and actions
Brussels, 27 May 2013 – Morocco and Algeria, and the vast expanses of desert in-between, are a no-man's land for refugees and migrants who aspire to a life of freedom and safety in Europe. After a long and treacherous Saharan journey, it is only upon arrival to North Africa that they realise that the promise of protection in Europe is as illusory as a desert mirage.
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Italy: stumbling from one refugee emergency to the next
Rome, 24 April 2013 – With the escalation of the Libyan conflict in early 2011, thousands of migrants living in the country fled taking precarious journeys across the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the more than 1.3 billion euros spent by the Italian authorities to house the new arrivals, two years later many in need of international protection in Italy find themselves still in precarious circumstances.
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Panama: sons and daughters of refugees look to a more hospitable future
Panama City, 5 April 2013 – Despite official commitment by the government to international protection and the desire of the forcibly displaced to integrate in Panamanian society, more often than not they find themselves marginalised in their host country.
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