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After years of separation, Somali family reconnects with eldest son


The story below was recalled by a Somali refugee, Shuun*. All details and events described are accurate to the best of her recollection.


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REFUNITE attends PopTech:Hybrid Event


Every year, PopTech brings together a community of innovators from different fields of work to discuss and create lasting change. The conference is held every October in Camden, Maine, USA. They welcome 600 doers and thinkers to share their ideas and projects revolving around social innovation. REFUNITE’s Co-founders and Co-CEOs David and Christopher Mikkelsen are […]


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Taking UX into the field: Testing our search tool on urban refugees


Tamuka Hub is a learning space located in Nairobi for the urban refugees to learn and improve their computer skills. Their courses include introduction to computer, web-design, graphic design, money management for small business, and many more.     The space has computers with good internet connection, which helps the refugees keep up to date […]


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Ida Jeng

REFUNITE unveils new, mobile-friendly features for separated families in Iraq


  Time is of the essence for Iraq’s 247,352 Syrian refugees as well as the 3,596,356 million internally displaced persons living inside Iraq. Thanks to Asiacell and long-time technology partner Ericsson, REFUNITE has been able to respond rapidly to this displacement crisis.


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Somali brothers reconnected after years of separation


The story below was recalled by Somali brothers Ibrahim* and Hassan.* The details described are accurate to the best of their recollection.


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Angela Ng’ethe joins REFUNITE


Angela Ng’ethe Associate:  HR, Admin, Finance & Legal Angela  is an Administrative HR and Operations professional having over 8 years experience working in different industries and sectors in Nairobi Kenya. Her last position was as an Administrative Officer at Esoko East Africa office where she was tasked with ensuring that all aspects of Administration, Operations, […]


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Meet refunite’s new team members


      Thuita Wachira joined REFUNITE’s Tech Team in August as a backend developer. Prior to REFUNITE, he worked for Radix Consulting, a tech firm focused on designing and deploying value added services for telecommunications companies across Africa. He has also worked as a student researcher for the Nokia Research Centre. Thuita’s professional interest […]


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REFUNITE featured in PBS Newsroom article


This recent PBS article, “when refugees scatter, here is how family members can find each other” about REFUNITE explains our mission to reconnect refugees around the world. It focuses on the importance of our local outreach volunteers, currently based at refugee camps such as Kakuma, in Kenya. These volunteers are often refugees themselves, who donate their […]


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Angelina Ndungu

What I Learnt From REFUNITE Agents in Kakuma


In this blog post, our Research and Prototyping Associate Angelina Ndung’u, reflects on responses from interviews she conducted with refugees who are REFUNITE agents and conduct registrations in Kakuma Refugee Camp.


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Telesom, REFUNITE Launch SMS Campaign to Reconnect Separated Somali Families


In commemoration of World Refugee Day 2015, Refugees United (REFUNITE) is pleased to announce the launch of a countrywide SMS campaign in partnership with mobile network operator Telesom in Somaliland to help forcefully displaced families find their missing loved ones. A helpline has been provided to encourage families to register on the global family-tracing platform. Two […]


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