Imagine that you have to flee your country and, for whatever reason, you cannot take your family with you. After a long and perilous journey, you finally reach a safe country and successfully apply for asylum there. What will be your next and most urgent priority? For the vast majority of us, it will be to ensure the safety of the family we left behind and to be reunited with them as soon as possible.
The circumstances in which refugees leave their country of origin frequently involve the separation of families. Such separation invariably leads to hardship and sometimes to tragic consequences. It may also create serious obstacles to a refugee’s integration in a new homeland. (Source http://www.unhcr.org/3bd0378f4.pdf)
Everyone has the right to know where their family is. This belief is at the core of REFUNITE, a nonprofit tech organization whose mission is to reconnect refugee families across the globe with missing loved ones. When families are separated, we put them back in touch. We empower refugees and displaced people to take the search for missing loved ones into their own hands, whether through a mobile phone, a computer or one of our free help lines.
Connecting elderly refugees through ICT
Pintu Agrawal, an Assistant Operations Data Management Officer working out of UNHCR’s offices in Damak would use a smart television connected to a simple remote with Skype contacts memorized on speed dial. This way, users could be just one click away from getting in touch with their families.