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Education in an Emergency

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Today was our first day in Bangui in the Central African Republic, and much of the day consisted of learning more about the context of the country, specifically the neighborhood in which we’ll be working. We spent the day with our partner, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), and met with parents and community members of Boeing—a neighborhood created for people who have been internally displaced by ongoing conflict and cycles of violence in this country. Some of the “internally displaced” are families who fled Bangui during the coup in 2012 and later returned, and others are families who only recently fled their villages to seek safety in the capital. The neighborhood is located near the airport where many sought refuge. Boeing became the longterm solution for those people.