Refugees United is an innovative program that supports hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled from conflict and disaster areas, and helps them search for and reconnect with missing family members or loved ones. In its 2011 Christmas newsletter, Refugees United took the opportunity to reflect on one example of a family reconnection, the story of two brothers who were reunited after five years.
In 2006, 36-year-old *Patrice and his brother *Olivier were separated when they fled the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With his wife and children, Patrice found himself in the Kakuma refugee camp in northwest Kenya. One thousand two hundred kilometers away in eastern Kenya, Olivier found safety in the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab. Neither knew where the other was or if he was alive.
For more than five years, the men lost all contact with each other until Patrice found his brother through the Refugees United family tracing service.
The two brothers now regularly talk over the phone and, after five years of uncertainty, a new chapter in their lives has begun.
In 2011, Refugees United, with the support of Ericsson technology and expertise, helped more than 65,000 families register themselves to use its tracing database.
This underlines the fact that initiatives which use Technology for Good can make a positive impact in society and empower people around the globe.
What initiatives will you support this year and why?