Voices

Part of the mandate of JRS is to help give a voice to refugees. This section is dedicated to just that. Here you will find stories from refugees, their successes and the challenges they face rebuilding their lives.

An equal balance of mind and soul

19th July 2016

I began my placement at the Jesuit Refugee Service in April 2016 by hiding behind a computer screen and trying to learn everything I needed to know about asylum seekers living in the Australian community.

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The importance of sharing a meal together

16th June 2016

While the arguments and politics of the issue continue, one thing I can do is walk beside, and share a meal, with those who are going through it. When I first heard about the opportunity to volunteer with JRS by…

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Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity

11th May 2016

To be able to work here…is truly inspirational because the staff at JRS have such an attitude of respect and compassion, and everybody who walks in through the door…is treated as an equal.” I migrated to Australia in 1991, and…

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Reath Kawang nyak tells his story

11th December 2015

When war descended on his South Sudan village, the 8 year old Reath Kawang nyak was forced to flee.

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A journey in search of hope

7th October 2015

My name is Keyhan. I am a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan now living in Australia. Before I came here, I was in Indonesia for about three years and spent my time in several places. Places that I will never forget.

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Lost & Found – Omar’s Story

6th July 2015

Omar treasures many items that represent great loss to his family. Omar is stateless. His heritage is Palestinian. He and his parents were born in Burj Brajane – the largest refugee camp in Lebanon. His mother Rowayda, his brother Mohammad…

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Lost & Found – Saul’s Story

6th July 2015

Saul has always loved music and playing guitar. Saul has always loved music and playing guitar. One night after performing in his capital city of Bujumbura, a lady approached him and offered a unique gift – a brand new guitar….

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Lost & Found – Patrick’s Story

6th July 2015

“it was when Patrick became a member of the ruling political party that life took a turn for the worst.” Patrick grew up in Douala, Cameroon where he was working as an accountant when an opportunity arose to assist a…

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Lost & Found – Ajang’s Story

6th July 2015

Ajang grew up in Warrap State in the northern part of South Sudan. Ajang grew up in Warrap State in the northern part of South Sudan. Following a 25 year civil war in her country, Ajang was forced to flee…

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Lost & Found – Sayed’s Story

6th July 2015

Sayed grew up in Quetta, in northern Pakistan after his family fled the Taliban in Afghanistan. Sayed grew up in Quetta, in northern Pakistan after his family fled the Taliban in Afghanistan. When Sayed decided to escape the Taliban attacks…

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