Giulia Balestra

After Years Apart Mother And Son Reconnect Across Continents


In eastern Congo it was a time of turmoil and violence. In 2013 conflict broke out and Tino fled to neighbouring Uganda. He lost all contacts with his mother Nadine. 


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Bonheur And Mireille: Hope And Connection After Ten Years Apart


Growing insecurity in eastern Congo displaced many families. Bonheur, Merveille, and Emmanuel ran away. They ran in all directions. They ran for days.


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Giulia Balestra

Marie And Pauline: Congolese Sisters Reconnected After Years Of Separation


In 2012, armed forces took over North Kivu’s capital city of Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Marie’s family got scattered. She was left with nothing. It was hard to believe that in only one day she had lost everything: her home, her belongings, her family. 


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Maman Grace And Théo: Finding Each Other After Ten Years Apart


Théo was a bright child and gifted football player with big dreams and ambitions for the future. He was 8 years old when he left his hometown in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was 1996 and generalized political unrest forced many families to leave the country. 


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REFUNITE Joins Danish Delegation’s Visit to Kalobeyei and Kakuma, Kenya


On March 6th, REFUNITE had the opportunity to meet the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, Ulla Tørnæs, and join a Danish Delegation during their visit to refugee camps in Kenya. 


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REFUNITE Joins Roundtable on Technology and Development


This week REFUNITE joined techies, entrepreneurs and humanitarian workers to discuss the dynamics between technology, development, and humanitarian aid in Kenya and across East Africa.


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“I am not alone anymore and I am full of hope”


Afshan, like many other women in Pakistan, found herself alone in the struggle to search for her missing son. Today, REFUNITE is supporting her in the quest to reunite with her son.  


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WEF 2018: News From Davos


23-26 January 2018 – The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (WEF) just ended in Davos, Switzerland. The Forum brought together over 3,000 leaders from government, business, civil society and academia. 


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REFUNITE Featured On The New York Times


REFUNITE has been featured on The New York Times Opinion Column by Nicholas Kristof  this week:“Is the Business World All About Greed?”. Read it here. 


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My Message To Displaced And Separated Families


“I think about the nights I spent hiding under trees, escaping bullets, bombs, and militia kidnapping the youth for forced military service. I was a teenager then.” 


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