On Assignment
Welcome to On Assignment at Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East. Here you can read in-depth accounts of the experiences of staff in the field as they reflect on the delivery of services and the accompaniment of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. 

Lebanon: get all children off the waiting list
12 October 2015
Jbeil, 12 October 2015 – "The [Syrian] children used to fight when they played. It was all they knew," said Catherine Mora, a Syrian refugee and teacher at the JRS centre in Jbeil. Yet in one year, Catherine has seen these children change drastically. After just two sessions with JRS the children have learned how to care for themselves and one another.

Syria: family volunteers in Aleppo
08 May 2015
Brussels, 8 May 2015 – Prior to the outbreak of conflict in Syria, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) managed a number of small projects assisting Iraqi refugees living in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs. The JRS centres were places where people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds came together. While Syrian communities peaceful coexisted together, for many there was a sense of distance between them, an invisible barrier. When violence erupted in Syria in 2011, these JRS centres would experience profound transformations.

Jordan: living in the shadow of the Syrian crisis
24 September 2014
Amman, 24 September 2014 - After an endless drive through lanes of auto-repair shops buzzing with workers, many of them children, a small brick house emerged, tucked away behind Amman's hills.

Syria: we can still give people our time
23 January 2014
Damascus, 23 January 2014 - I have been working with JRS in Damascus for about nine months now, as the home visits coordinator. We have seven teams that visit families every day. They assess the needs of each family, and we are able to discern which families are in most need of help, or if they need specific assistance – medical and so on.

Jordan: when education is more than just learning
15 October 2012
Amman, 15 October 2012 – For eight months former Jesuit Refugee Service volunteer, Grace Benton, worked in a team of volunteers trying to offer refugees and their children the support they need to build a future. The courses went from strength to strength; but as she learned, the results were about more than learning curricular subjects, there were about building community and making refugees safer.

Jordan: Iraqi family mourns loss of daughter
20 April 2011
Amman, 20 April 2011 – Wafi Youssif recalls asking his daughter Raghda not to go to church because they had become targets for bombing attacks. She told her dad: "If I have to die, I don't mind dying in church". Unfortunately, a few hours later she did.