Kenya: New Refugee Search System to Be Launched

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Safaricom subscribers can now search for and reconnect with their loved ones using their mobile phone via an application provided by Ericsson and Refugees United. The system enables refugees to use mobile phones to register themselves, search for loved ones, and subsequently reconnect via an anonymous database.

The initiative is being launched today in Kenya, to mark the World Refugee Day and in support of the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from conflict and disaster areas.

The new mobile tool enables refugees to access Refugees United's mobile site - to view site click here, register in English, Kiswahili, Somali or Arabic, search for and subsequently reconnect with kin. Once registered, the information is stored in an anonymous database that is maintained by Refugees United.

Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore: "This is a great and innovative partnership for us. It not only expands the utility one can derive from being connected to the Safaricom network, but also provides a live example of the inclusiveness we seek in all our operations.

Through this service, a very vulnerable segment of our society now has a real chance of being re-united with their loved ones. The service typifies the spirit of problem-solving innovation for societal good that has been the guiding philosophy for our business over the years."