Giulia Balestra

Telling The Real Story: UNHCR’s community platform to share refugees’ stories


Through their community platform, UNHCR is supporting diaspora communities to tell their stories and raise awareness about important resources such as the REFUNITE family tracing service.


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REFUNITE On the New York Times


We owe a big thanks to the New York Times for publishing “A Better Way To Trace Scattered Refugees”, an article about REFUNITE’s work of reconnecting displaced families globally. 


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REFUNITE Joins UNHCR’s #WithRefugees Coalition


We stand together with refugees. Do you?


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A Somali Family Finds Connection After The War


The year when Badar was born, war broke out in Somalia. Badar was less than one year old when his mother Nafiso had to run away from Mogadishu. It took over two decades for the Somali family to be reunited through REFUNITE. This is their story.


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REFUNITE Partners With The IOTA Foundation


A newly established collaboration between REFUNITE and the IOTA Foundation marks a significant step forward in using distributed ledger technology for social good.


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Modeste and Augustin: One Message to Find Each Other After 20 Years Apart


Modeste and Augustin  were separated in 1997. The First Congo War had just broken out and this was the beginning of a time that would destabilize the country for years to come.  


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Artificial Intelligence and Us: REFUNITE’s Co-founder at CogX 2017 London


On June 21st 2017, REUNITE’s Co-founder Christopher Mikkelsen joined CogX 2017, a global conference on the impact of Artificial Intelligence across industries. Read more here.


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REFUNITE Brothers At The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting Of New Champions


On the 27th and 28th of June 2017, REFUNITE’s Co-founders and WEF Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2017 David and Christopher Mikkelsen  joined the WEF annual meeting in China and shared their experience in creating technology solutions for the displaced.  


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From Pakistan to Kenya: My first two weeks at REFUNITE


Arisha Akbar is REFUNITE’s Project Manager for our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) solution and call centre in Pakistan. She joined REFUNITE in June 2017 and spent a week in Nairobi to familiarise herself with the team and get ready for her work in Pakistan. Welcome to the team Arisha!


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From Nairobi to Kampala and Ottawa: Congolese Brothers Reconnected Across Continents After 12 Years


Tambwe and Mutombo became separated when violence broke out in the city of Bukavu, in South Kivu. A family of 12 suddenly dispersed amidst generalized chaos, armed militias, and gunfire. It was 2005.


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