On March 30th, Pau Vidal, S.J. (IDHA 43), JRS Maban Project Director, and Alvar Sanchez, S.J. (HNTC 8), JRS Maban Education Coordinator, spoke about their work in the intervention of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in northern South Sudan. In the video, Pau emphasizes that “life is not only about a body to be fed, a body to be sheltered but life is also about meaning, learning and preparing for a future.” JRS supports host community members, refugees and internally displaced persons, by providing them with teaching opportunities in subjects ranging from English to social studies.
Anwar Gubara (HNTC 5) is now based in Beirut, Lebanon as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Syria Monitoring Team. Previously, Anwar served as a Consultant for UNHCHR in Khartoum, before completing his Masters in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2013. Anwar’s ambition is to return back to his country, Sudan, and work to empower people with albinism.
Patricia C. Aragonés recently joined the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), partner organization of the IIHA, as a part-time consultant to assist the CIHC with its strategic initiatives and resource development. She has been part of the CIHC/IIHA family for many years, since graduating from IDHA 7 and HNTC 1. Patricia will be drawing on her 12+ years as a member of the executive team between 2002-14 of Fabretto Children’s Foundation to help CIHC establish a strategic fundraising and development plan. Fabretto, one of IIHA’s practicum partners, is dedicated to empowering youth and communities in Nicaragua through education and economic development and experienced a ten-fold increase in growth between 2002-14. Patricia also brings legal and private sector experience, having worked as a corporate attorney with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and as a start-up business development advisor. Her keen interest in social justice and humanitarian law has led her to also collaborate on human rights and transitional justice projects in various countries and serve as an election monitor. Patricia is a graduate of Georgetown University, Columbia Law School and holds a certificate in not-for-profit management from Columbia Business School.
Pau Vidal, S.J. (IDHA 43) and Alvar Sanchez, S.J. (HNTC 8) are both currently working for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) mission in Maban, South Sudan. As the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan worsens, humanitarian agencies are under increasing pressure to provide basic life saving services. However, in a country where education services are far from sufficient, extending learning opportunities to displaced persons must also be prioritized. Pau and Alvar were recently featured in a JRS video detailing the importance of educational programming in emergency contexts. Pau was also featured in another video about the importance of investing in education as a pathway to peace.
The Strategic Issues course in London welcomed back two of its own, Piwi Ophoff and Martine van der Does (IDHA 24 and HNTC 6), for another exciting IIHA course.