World Refugee Day 2012

June 20, 2012

Source: Refugees United

These sisters found each other via the Refugees United family tracing platform after 16 years of separation.

Today is World Refugee Day, where we pause and reflect upon the fact that there are 43 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, struggling to survive, make a living, or resettle within the country that they’ve had to flee to.

Of the millions of refugees that have fled their country or hometown within their own country, many thousands remain separated from their family members, with whom they lost all contact during flight.

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Refugees United: World Refugee Day 2012

June 20, 2012

Source: The Huffington Post

Today, the world is marking World Refugee Day in honor of the 43 million refugees living across our planet. In honor of the millions of women, men and children who have been forced from their homes and had their future thrust into a state of uncertainty.

In reality, what we’re recognising is the resilience of human nature, the undefeatable spirit of those who push through unimaginable terrors just for the chance to live. Not to conquer the world, not to build lavish lifestyles, but simply just to unpack their lives from tattered plastic bags into a footprint of dignity over which they can build a roof and settle in to live.

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100,000 refugees registered on family tracing platform via web and mobile phones

May 4, 2012

Refugees United, a non-profit that has developed the world’s first mobile phone based refugee family tracing service to help reconnect families separated by war or natural disaster, announces that it has now registered 100,000 refugees on the online platform.

The service, developed by Refugees United in partnership with telecommunications company Ericsson, has registered users from all across the globe, but at the moment primarily sees its surge in numbers from African countries like Somalia, Congo, and Sudan.  With the current conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, numbers from this specific refugee group are also expected to increase, as families flee the regions and end up in separate places and refugee camps.

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Reconections story : Somali friends united

August 29, 2011

Abdullah and Khalid were childhood friends growing up as refugees from Somalia in Kenya. Kenya has one of the largest refugee populations, Dadaab being the biggest refugee camp in the world. In 1993 Khalid went to Uganda and the young friends lost contact for the following 19 years.

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MTN, Ericsson and Refugees United to help reconnect refugees across Africa

June 20, 2011

MTN and Ericsson – in conjunction with Refugees United – have taken a bold step towards enabling the reconnection of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) with their families in Africa.

The firms today marked the World Refugee Day by launching a free mobile service to facilitate the reconnection of refugees and IDPs separated from their families and friends by conflicts and natural disasters.

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New languages available in beta

June 4, 2010

Today we are happy to present the Refugees United search engine in 19 languages. It’s been a difficult journey, and we’ve learned a lot about translation and multi-lingual websites. And we’re not quite there yet. 

These 18 new languages are mostly complete, but for the next few weeks there are likely to be minor issues, small bits of text that weren’t translated correctly, or are still empty, and bits of text that won’t quite fit on the button they’re supposed to fit on. 

We’re also working to add another 6 languages, which need to go back to the translators one more time before we feel they’re ready.

In the meantime, enjoy the site, and please feel free to let us know if you find any issues with the translations or otherwise. 

Enjoy it, and thanks for the patience.

The new language selector on the frontpage of

Our new and redesigned website

April 1, 2010

After 6 months of hard work we are happy (and quite proud) to present version 2 of the Refugees United search engine. We’ve taken everything we’ve learned from more than a year of running an online forum that helps empower refugees to directly reconnect with missing loved ones, and poured it into this improved version.

Today we feel it’s ready for public viewing. It’s still, in some ways, a beta version, and unfortunately at the moment it is only available in English. Another 20 or so languages will be added during the month of April, and we will end up having even more languages than we’ve had until now.

We hope you like the new site, and that you’ll be patient with any small quirks you might find. Please let us know if there are questions or issues that need addressing, by writing us an e-mail (

Click here to visit our new site. If the link doesn’t take you to our brand-new site, please be patient, and come back in a few hours. Enjoy!