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His mother told the story that one day when she was carrying heavy load for the Burmese and Karenni soldiers in the border, the Burmese army and the Karenni army had an encounter and so she had to run with the heavy load. On March 3, 2007, the Karenni army brought her to the refugee camp for safety. “I have a big dream for Peter” said his mother with great emotion. “I want him to finish his studies with a good education so he can find a good job later and will have a good life. I don’t want him to suffer like we parents. We didn’t have education so it is hard also for us to find a job. He is clever, and that is why we gave him a Christian name as Peter Clever“.
What brings me close to the refugees is ‘Hospitality’. Hospitality is a door for bigger things to come. It could be bigger hope, bigger joy, bigger opportunities, but also bigger challenges and bigger sacrifices. However, through reflection, prayers, and discernment, it all turns into bigger blessings.
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is one of the reasons people flee their home country. Gender-based violence can also occur during and after conflicts which includes sexual, physical, mental and economic harm inflicted in public or in private. It has been observed that the humanitarian crisis often exacerbates sexual violence.
All JRS staffs in Myitkyina and TTC participants with our great partner, Diocesan Commission for Education Myitkyina (DCE-Myitkyina) planted 40 trees together to mark 40th anniversary in TTC compound.
This flower-photo was taken when I went to monitor and support the schools and teachers in conflict affected areas in Kachin State. Each flower, though small and wild, is beautiful…it will bloom in its favorable environment.
Refugees who have exiled from their home countries think that host communities presume that they are strangers or foreigners. Refugees will feel alienated or lonely in their new place or community. Usually, people who face problems need friends with whom they share a deep level of understanding. So, accompaniment is essential. I will be there for refugees and listen to them.
I kept staring at his face as he held a bottle of beer for himself and handed me a bottle of soft drink. With a smile that adorned the corner of his lips, he said, “I know you shouldn’t drink beer, that’s why I gave you only a fizzy drink. Hopefully, our chat will be more fun tonight”, said a friend of mine that night.
I learned how to build trust slowly from a simple honest and genuine greetings during the home visit. I didn’t feel like I was alone during difficult times because I know I had a wonderful team who will always support me and be the source of my strength.
Based on the assessment done through the community leaders, the needed items comprise food packs, hygiene kits, and personal protective equipment (PPE). JRS has taken all these concerns into consideration and plans to provide them the basic materials for their protection in order to prevent them from becoming more vulnerable to pandemic and further into poverty.