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Sanctuary and Sustenance: World Refugee Day 2013
June 10, 2013

Sanctuary and Sustenance: World Refugee Day 2013
Mariette (not her real name) lives with 4,000 others in Mokoto camp in the eastern Congolese province of North Kivu. Every time rebels attack they flee to the forest, sleeping there overnight without food or water. Consequent violence – theft, extortion and rape – displaced more than 360,000 people in North Kivu last year. Inadequate service provision, corruption and judicial impunity continue to scar this resource rich nation, particularly in the east. (Danilo Giannese/Jesuit Refugee Service)
In the face of adversity: • food nourishes • shelter protects • hospitality opens doors • education rebuilds futures

(Rome) June 10, 2013 — The Jesuit Refugee Service International office presents Sanctuary and Sustenance, an outdoor photo projection and indoor photo gallery, next week in Rome to mark World Refugee Day. The photographs chronicle the resilience of refugees and the hospitality of their host countries.

From June 18 through June 21, a 12-minute video illustrating the lives and difficulties faced by refugees will be projected on the façade of the Chiesa del Gesù. Inside the church a subset of photos on the experiences of Syrian and Congolese refugees will be exhibited through June 30. 

Hospitality is a deeply human value, recognizing everyone’s individual claim to be welcomed and respected. Sanctuary and Sustenance represents a holistic vision of hospitality offered to refugees with food, shelter, tolerance and education.

This exhibition demonstrates how hospitality — building a strong, supportive community, transcending religious and ethnic divides — enables refugees to become active members of their new communities.

Our particular focus is on Syria and Congolese refugees and characterizes our belief in the importance of hospitality in emergencies. It is often in the darkest moments of life when the generosity of human beings comes to the fore, when its impact is so crucial.

Sanctuary and Sustenance is made possible in cooperation with La Repubblica, Centro Astalli and Prime with contributions from Loyola University Chicago and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.


• Outdoor digital photo projection: June 18, 19 and 20 from 9:30 p.m. until midnight.
• Indoor photo gallery: June 18 through June 30 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.


Chiesa del Gesù 
Piazza del Gesù, 00186 
Rome, Italy

You can learn more about the work of Art Works Projects for Human Rights on their website.

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