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Podcast: Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan

Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan country director Colin Gilbert speaks at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, on April 2, 2013. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
Friday, June 07, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) June 7, 2013 — In today's audio edition of The Refugee Voice we'll hear from Colin Gilbert, the country director for Jesuit Refugee Service in Jordan. As the Syrian crisis unfolded, JRS Jordan began accompanying Syrians and providing emergency assistance in Amman and the north of Jordan. 

JRS also initiated a higher education program for refugee populations of all nationalities in Jordan through the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins initiative.

"Over a span of nine months I found myself shifting from oversight of one project, to oversight of three projects, and also assisting with back-up support for our programs in Syria," said Colin.

"Our team now find ourselves overwhelmed daily as we seek to continue supporting the more than 30,000 Iraqi, Somali, Sudanese refugees in Jordan while also gearing up emergency assistance to the 300,000 Syrians who have entered the country in the past two years. In the month of January 2013 alone, there were more than 40,000 Syrians who entered Jordan.

Earlier this year, Colin visited the U.S. to share his experiences with students and parishioners across the country. This audio was recorded at Regis University in Denver.

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