App helps refugee children reunite with families after tragedies

08/20/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A former New York University student has developed an application designed to help those in refugee camps drastically reduce the time it takes children to reunite with their families after they are separated, a common occurrence in many developing countries, especially following disasters or in a war zone. "A child might be on one side of a refugee camp, and their parents might be on the other side, but for all intents and purposes, they might as well be on different continents," said Jorge Just. The RapidFTR app, which gathers and shares information about the lost children, has reduced reunification times from an average of six weeks to several hours, UNICEF said.

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