Fr. Cedric Prakash an Indian Jesuit priest and committed human rights activist, is the Regional Advocacy & Communications Officer of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) for the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region, based in Beirut, Lebanon. Belonging to the Gujarat Jesuit Province of India, Fr. Cedric has been until recently the Director of "Prashant", a Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, which he founded in 2001 in Ahmedabad. He has been at the forefront on issues related to human rights, justice, peace and other advocacy matters for which he has been honoured in India and abroad. Notable among these honours is the Knighthood from the Legion of Honour, one of France’s highest civilian awards given in 2006
Fr. Cedric was recently on a visit to the Jordanian capital, Amman, in his capacity as the Regional Advocacy & Communications Officer for JRS MENA. We manged to catch up with him on his mobile phone to know about his new assignment. Today, in the first of a 2-part interview, we began by asking him about the switch from Director of human rights centre, "Prashant" in Ahmedabad, India, to the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Middle East.