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This section provides access to a variety of publications from Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. 

Protecting the Promise of a Generation: Education for Refugees and Forcibly Displaced
This report that calls for policymakers, donors, and other decision makers to prioritize education for refugees and displaced people. The report illustrates these recommendations through our work educating refugees in Lebanon – a country where one in six people is a refugee.
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Renewing Welcome: A Guide for Prayer, Reflection, and Action During Lent
Lent is a time when we can reflect on our thoughts and actions and renew our commitment to be Christ's companion. Renewing Welcome - which includes reflections, prayers, and actions you can take - is a tool to help you, your community, or your parish to renew your commitment to refugees as we prepare for the renewal of Christ and the resurrection.
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Walk a Mile in My Shoes: How to Host a Refugee Experience

Part educational, part fundraiser, and part interactive experience, the newly updated Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Refugee Simulation allows participants to show solidarity with more than 60 million displaced persons worldwide and sheds light on the growing displacement crisis. 

This is an opportunity for participants to find hope in desperate situations and spread hope to the campus community and beyond. Please download the attached PDF and start planning your experience. For more information, please contact the JRS/USA Outreach coordinator at 202.629.5945. 

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2015-2016 Annual PRM Report
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA receives grants from  U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to provide a variety of services to refugees in 5 different countries - Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Thailand. This report summarizes the work done on these grants in 2015-2016. 
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A Worthy Investment: Access to Education for Sudanese Refugees in Chad
With 182,000 school-age refugee children living in Chad, only half of which are currently enrolled in school, there is much to be done to improve access and ensure children are not only able to survive but to rebuild and to thrive. This report outlines the current issues in educating Sudanese refugees in Chad and the policy recommendations to ensure quality education for all refugees and displaced persons. The report draws on JRS experience, currently providing the majority of education programs to refugees in eastern Chad.
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Lampedusa Concerts for Refugees

A roundup of news articles and reviews of Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees in 2016

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Appendix

The signs in this PDF can be printed on standard 8 1/2 by 11 paper to designate each station in the Walk a Mile in My Shoes refugee simulation.

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Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises

Jesuit Refugee Service confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. In emergencies where many agencies provide basic humanitarian assistance, JRS is on the ground organizing educational and recreational activities to heal trauma, promote human dignity, and build skills. 

Today, more than 75 million children and young people have their education disrupted or destroyed by emergencies and prolonged crises. Attacks on schools, wars, natural disasters and the largest refugee crisis since World War II have increased the need for education in emergencies. 

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Putting Mercy in Motion

In November 2015 Pope Francis gathered the leadership of Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome to commend JRS on its 35th Anniversary and ask us to participate in the 2016 Year of Mercy by undertaking a Global Education Initiative. "Schools are places of freedom … [keeping] alive the flame of hope … To give a child a seat at school is the finest gift you can give," he said. We agree—mercy teaches — and we need your help to make the Pope’s compassionate vision a reality.

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The Way of the Cross

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Corporal Works of Mercy

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Pope Francis Address to JRS
Pope Francis has long urged Catholics to welcome refugees, saying the world is currently suffering from a “globalization of indifference,” ignoring those who cry out for mercy. On November 14, 2015 — the 35th anniversary of the founding of Jesuit Refugee Service — Pope Francis commissioned and pledged support for the JRS Global Education Initiative, a drive to double the number of people served by JRS’ educational programs by 100,000 additional refugees by the year 2020.
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Jesuit Refugee Service and the U.S. State Department (2015)
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA thanks the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration for its generous support for refugee programs in Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Thailand. PRM has funded JRS programs across the globe since 2005.    
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Pontifex Hear Us
Jesuit Refugee Service welcomes Pope Francis on his first visit to Africa with stories and messages from refugees in Kenya and Uganda.
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Refugee Education: The Key to a Hopeful Future
Jesuit Refugee Service operates education programming in 36 countries, reaching more than 142,000 children, young people and adults. JRS considers education a life-saving intervention and offers a variety of opportunities for refugees and displaced persons to achieve an education both in refugee camps and in non-camp settings. These include access to preschool, primary, secondary and higher education. In addition, JRS/USA offers vocational and teacher training programs, affirmative programs for girls’ education and for people with disabilities and supports the building of new schools and distribution of school books and materials. this document is a brief overview of our education programs and goals.
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A Fair Chance for Due Process: Challenges in Legal Protection for Central American Asylum Seekers and Other Vulnerable Migrants
This report captures efforts by Jesuit law schools to assist asylum seekers and migrants from Central America and challenges they face in delivering these services. In April 2015, JRS/USA, and Jesuit law schools launched a partnership to raise awareness about the plight of children and families from Central America seeking protection in the U.S. Finding legal representation is one of the first hurdles migrants arriving in the U.S. face. According to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, only 46% of the unaccompanied children going before Immigration Court are currently represented by an attorney — and more than 81,000 juveniles are still without legal representation. 

Jesuit law schools are working to fill this void, serving asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants from Central America in a variety of ways such as research, training and direct representation. In 2014, Jesuit law schools represented 291 asylum seekers and migrants from Central America and anticipate serving almost 300 in 2015.  

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Seeking asylum
No Giving Up recounts the experiences of six Somali women who are seeking asylum in Malta. The women voice their fears, but also their dreams. They speak about the reasons they left their country and the challenges they faced throughout their journey, which is still unfinished. They make a strong appeal to our solidarity, as they persist in their search for protection and for a life of freedom and dignity.

"In my country my rights were violated. I could not go to school. I could not choose who to marry. My life was not mine but dictated by someone else. In the desert, it was the same, and here too I find myself in the same situation, in detention, without any control over my life, at the dictates and mercy of someone else... If I am to be respected, first I need to be free, free from the bars surrounding me, free from being controlled by someone else, free to run my life."

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Bhutanese Refugee Education Program
What sets the Bhutanese Refugee Education Program apart is precisely the access and tangible qualities that elude similar programs.The program’s success is due to the indefatigable efforts of the refugees themselves.
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Migrants in Transit
Generalized violence and widespread impunity in Mexico, combined with the need to travel clandestinely with limited resources, makes migrants in transit through Mexico highly vulnerable to abuse, violence and exploitation at each and every stage of their journey.  Although the full extent of these crimes is unknown, testimonies gathered by human rights groups and migrant shelters document extortion, kidnapping[i], murder, robbery, human trafficking, sexual assault, and torture – at the hands of armed actors and corrupt officials. 

[i] A report issued by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission CNDH estimated that 11,333 migrants were kidnapped between April and September of 2010

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Inseguridad Permanente: abusos contra CentroamerIcanos en MéxIco
El contexto actual en el Triángulo del Norte de América Central, las capacidades y las debilidades del gobierno mexicano, y las investigaciones y la defensa de la sociedad civil son fundamentales para comprender la migración por México y los índices alarmantes de abuso que sufren los inmigrantes. Los problemas económicos y sociales de los países de origen de los inmigrantes motivan la migración y definen los recorridos y las vulnerabilidades de los inmigrantes en México. For the English language version of this report, please see below.
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Persistent Insecurity: Abuses Against Central Americans in Mexico
The current context in Central America’s Northern Triangle, the capabilities and weaknesses of the Mexican government, and civil society research and advocacy are all critical to understanding migration through Mexico and the alarming rates of abuse that migrants suffer. Economic and social problems in migrants’ countries of origin both motivate migration and shape migrants’ journeys and vulnerabilities in Mexico. 
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Documented Failures: the Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S. — Mexico Border
Documented Failures: the Consequences of Immigration Policy on the U.S. — Mexico Border presents systematic documentation of the experiences of migrant women, men and children repatriated from the United States to cities along Mexico's northern border, with particular emphasis on the Nogales, Arizona/Nogales, Sonora, Mexico area. Read the Executive Summary by clicking here, download the full report PDF on this page.
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Jesuit Refugee Service and the U.S. State Department
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA thanks the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration for its generous support for refugee programs in Chad, Ethiopia and Kenya. PRM has funded JRS programs across the globe since 2005.
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Jesuit Refugee Service submission to the Peace Forums organized by the United Nations and Universidad Nacional on resolution of armed conflict in Colombia
In response to ongoing peace talks in Colombia, Jesuit Refugee Service has urged the negotiating parties to take in account the needs of those affected by the conflict. JRS calls for assistance for victims, reparations, solutions to the displacement and preventative measures. JRS also urges receiving states to welcome refugees and offer them international protection, not forcibly return them to Colombia.
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Advocating for the Rights of Unaccompanied Children
The attached toolkit, built by our friends at the Ignatian Solidarity Network, is designed to inspire you and call you to action in support of children and families fleeing extreme difficulties in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. We hope you will use it as a list of suggested actions that you can lead or participate in with your community. You need not feel compelled to do all of these suggested activities. Even doing one of these actions is a big help and will start to build support behind the message of compassion, welcome and care that our faith community wishes to exhibit.

"Let us be their neighbors, share their fears and uncertainty about the future, and take concrete steps to reduce their suffering."  ~ Pope Francis speaking on World Refugee Day, June 20, 2014

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Smart responses to increased migration from Central America
The relatively sudden increase in the number of people migrating from Central America—particularly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala—to the United States is the Hemisphere’s most recent migration phenomenon. Although this movement constitutes a mixed flow, JRS/USA is particularly concerned about three sub-groups: unaccompanied children traveling without a parent or legal guardian, asylum-seekers, and women traveling with very young children. For more on the causes of the migration, please refer to: Spotlight on increased migration from Central America
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The Way of the Cross

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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the State Dept. 2013

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA thanks the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) for its generous support for refugee programs in Africa and Latin America. PRM has funded select JRS programs across the globe since 2005. The attached PDF documents the projects funded this year.

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JRS Latin America and the Caribbean on Migration in the Americas
The heads of communication and advocacy for Jesuit Refugee Service Latin America and the Caribbean met June 22-26, 2013, in Bogotá, Colombia to exchange work experiences, construct a shared perspective on forced migration, internal displacement, and refugees in the region, and adjust our areas of work together. 

Through five days of reflection and analysis, we arrived at the following conclusions that we’d like to share with the field teams and directors of JRS LAC, by way of questions, concerns and contributions from JRS in the region. Please read the attached PDF to learn of their affirmations and recommendations.

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Working with Urban Refugees
Scholars and practitioners alike have noted the rapid increase in the urbanization of forced migration during the first decade of the twenty-first century. Today more than half the world’s refugees live in urban areas, as opposed to camps and rural settings. This percentage is likely to grow in the coming years in line with the global urbanization trend affecting developing countries in particular.

As one would expect, the activities of JRS reflect this trend: many of its programs — especially in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, the Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa — are now located and implemented in major urban centers.

What may come as a surprise is that, from its inception in 1980, Jesuit Refugee Service has always hosted projects in urban areas.

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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the State Dept
The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration granted Jesuit Refugee Service/USA funds that were used for projects in six countries in 2012. Due to the overlap of the U.S. government fiscal year and the calendar year, some of these grants were awarded in 2011 and some in 2012. A comprehensive look at projects funded by PRM from 2005 through 2012 is in the attached PDF.
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Refugee camp simulation raises awareness
(Washington, D.C.) February 6, 2012 — Part educational, part fundraiser, and part interactive experience, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Refugee Camp-Out allows participants to show solidarity with nearly 43 million displaced persons worldwide and sheds light on the growing displacement crisis. This event, designed especially with high schools in mind, invites students to spend time in a public space on campus. 

In the "Camp," students will dine on simple meals, hear guest speakers, and participate in advocacy training sessions. This is an opportunity for participants to find hope in desperate situations and spread hope to the campus community and beyond. Please download the attached PDF and start planning your JRS Refugee Camp Out. For more information, please contact the JRS/USA Outreach coordinator at 202.629.5945 or jrsoutreach (at)

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A Boat without Anchors
This Report considers the nationality status of a group from among the ethnic Vietnamese minority in Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia (the focal group), under the operation of the applicable domestic nationality laws of Cambodia and Vietnam. Although ethnic Vietnamese have migrated to Cambodia during different times up to today, members of the specific ethnic Vietnamese minority group the subject of this report, are long-term residents of Cambodia, having been born and raised in the country for generations–with the exception of the period between 1975 and the early 1980s, when they were forcibly deported to Vietnam by the Khmer Rouge regime. During those events, they lost important documentation establishing their legal status. Since their return to Cambodia in the early 1980s, members of the focal group have been regarded by Cambodian authorities as "immigrants."
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The Charter of JRS
The attached PDF is the charter of Jesuit Refugee Service.
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The Search: Protection Space in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines and Cambodia in Practice
The Search: Protection Space in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines and Cambodia in Practice is a practical guide which will assist advocates in providing accurate information to asylum seekers and refugees about the realities of protection space. When asylum seekers reach the Asia Pacific they may realize more than anyone what is missing in terms of their protection. Protection space for asylum seekers and refugees in Southeast Asia is limited and constantly changing. It is in this environment that asylum seekers and refugees must negotiate the difficult, long and confusing refugee status determination processes that will ultimately decide their futures.
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JRS Strategic Framework
As we plan for the coming years, Jesuit Refugee Service will continue to serve refugees who are forced to live on the edges of humanity. We will strive to overcome geographical, racial, cultural and religious frontiers and divisions. We will work with compassion and love, enabling us to engage with people of all races, cultures and religions in an open and respectful way.
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Advocacy in Jesuit Refugee Service
The 36-page booklet addresses all aspects of JRS advocacy, from day-to-day work in favour of one or more individuals to longer-term activities seeking to change policies nationally, regionally and globally, such as the organisation's participation in campaigns against the use of landmines and refugee detention.

The booklet gives a breakdown of the most important issues on which JRS advocacy is focused and provides concrete examples of concerns and positive outcomes of this work. The issues include: access to quality education, food security, detention, protection and durable solutions, landmines and cluster bombs, sexual- and gender-based violence and peace and reconciliation.
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More than one year after the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, conditions in Haiti remain dire. Today there are approximately 800,000 displaced Haitians and the lack of food, clean water, and other necessities is an ongoing crisis throughout the country. The cholera epidemic has claimed the lives of more than 4,672 Haitians and hospitalized 252,640 others. This photo and story exhibition is a commemorative piece that captures the ongoing plight of Haitians, their spirit of perseverance, and how grassroots and other civil society leaders are striving to create a more equitable Haiti. The images and stories comprised in this exhibition are from member organizations of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group and their Haitian grassroots partners.

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group was formed shortly after the devastating January 12, 2010 earth- quake to coordinate advocacy efforts for effective and just disaster relief, reconstruction and long- term U.S. development policy toward Haiti. Composed of more than 30 diverse groups representing a wide cross-section of the NGO community, the HAWG has focused on the following priority areas:

• Promoting Haitian civil society inclusion and leadership in relief and reconstruction 

• Prioritizing rural and agricultural development needs 

• Encouraging local procurement and decentralization of aid 

• Supporting fair immigration policy for Haitians

• Raising awareness on gender and women’s issues 

• Ensuring support through U.S. and multilateral aid commitments and full debt relief 

• Promoting safe, sanitary and adequate shelter

This PDF is a catalog of the March 28—30, 2011 HAWG Photo Exhibit in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer in Washington, D.C.

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In the Footsteps of Pedro Arrupe
The hundredth anniversary of Pedro Arrupe's birth is a fitting moment to remember his vision for JRS and ensure, even as the organisation grows and the world changes, that its vitality is sustained into the future.
The reflections of Jesuits shared in this booklet testify to the enduring legacy of his vision. They prove correct his prophetic hopes of the role that Jesuits are called to play in alleviating the dramatically urgent needs of forcibly displaced people, and of the spiritual benefits to be reaped in this important modern apostolate.

Twenty-seven years after the establishment of JRS, the magnificent response to his initial appeal has not diminished, and the impact of this apostolate on Provinces who make men available, remains real and profound. Arrupe's vision has inspired so many Jesuits, lay people and religious who have worked with JRS and will continue to guide it into the future.
Rome 1 November 2007
Lluís Magriñà, SJ Peter Balleis SJ

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The wound on the border: 25 years with refugees
The history of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is the history of refugees. To mark the 25th anniversary of its foundation by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, we offer this memoir. The centre of gravity of this book is not JRS or its work, but the refugees themselves. What we celebrate is their dignity, courage and determination to keep hope alive: to choose light instead of darkness. This book has been written thanks to a priceless resource material: the lives and experiences of JRS workers. It is not meant to be historically exhaustive, but to bring together testimonies of people who have witnessed the growth of JRS at different stages and to offer their experience and vision, sharing significant events in their regions, the specific challenges and dilemmas they encountered, and the signs of hope. 

In his letter which established the Jesuit Refugee Service, Fr Arrupe had said: 'The spiritual as well as the material needs of nearly 16 million refugees throughout the world today could scarcely be greater'. Today there are 50 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. The words of Fr Arrupe have inspired many people to give themselves to the service of refugees, a privilege that many share in the pages of this book. Those who would like copies of the book are asked to contact the JRS International Office at We have chosen to distribute the book without charge. We would be grateful for your contribution towards its publication. Thank you. The Wound of the Border is also available here in Acrobat PDF format.
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God in Exile: Towards a Shared Spirituality with Refugees
To join JRS is to embark on a journey of faith accompanied by refugees (JRS seminar, Kigali, 1995). Over the years, JRS workers have reflected on the spiritual values represented by refugees, what message they have to share with JRS and the rest of the world. This spontaneous search for meaning echoes a need voiced several times over, for greater emphasis on and definition of aspects of the faith, the cornerstone on which JRS is built. 

God in Exile: Towards a Shared Spirituality with Refugees evolved precisely as a response to this need. It is a compilation of reflections from a spiritual perspective shared by people - religious, lay people and refugees - who are part of the JRS mission. It does not pretend to be the final answer in what is essentially a process; rather it is a step in the journey towards discovering, together with refugees, a spirituality arising out of the experience of forced exile and the specific faith-based response of JRS. A value of this book is that it underlines the typically Ignatian nature of the JRS response.
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Horizons of learning, 25 years of JRS education
As JRS marks 25 years of existence, this book focuses on the organisation's provision of education to refugees, springing from the needs of refugees and on our Ignatian tradition of discernment as to how best we can offer our support.
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Surviving Landmines
Personal accounts of child Bosnian landmine survivors.
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Everybody's Challenge
This book, gathering essential documents of the first 20 years of JRS, also serves to record this same step-by-step process, repeated by JRS workers over and again across the world during these past years. Moved with compassion at the plight of so many displaced people, Jesuit Refugee Service members, who are Jesuits, religious and lay people, have undertaken new initiatives, reflected anew on these experiences, and planned new actions. Each time, JRS calls again on a wide network of friends and companions to join in this service. As one JRS group reflected in 1985, We believe this call is not for ourselves alone.
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War has changed our life, not our spirits
This book gives women's accounts of the atrocities and exploitation they suffered, including stories of women and girls targeted for sexual abuse. In recent wars civilians are specially targeted. Women become a special target because they keep civilian society functioning. In our absurd contemporary wars of identity, the reproductive power of women is feared, since they can reproduce the enemy. In all wars, women are subjected to violence; in Rwanda this was done on a massive scale. There some women were allowed to live only so they would "die of sadness".

In Rwanda rape was a weapon to dehumanize and degrade a whole community for a political end. In such circumstances, gender intersects with other aspects of a woman’s identity such as ethnicity, religion, caste, social class or political affiliation.

Rape constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity. But law enforcement and judicial systems are usually so weakened as a result of civil conflict that justice is slow in coming for women. Moreover stigma and fear breed silence.
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