Smartphones have become lifelines for refugees around the world. Now, a powerful new app will show you how crucial the technology is by taking over your phone’s operating system and transforming it into the phone of a 16-year-old refugee girl.
“Finding Home,” which was launched on Tuesday by the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and advertising firm Grey Malaysia, puts you in the shoes of Rohingya teenager Kathijah as she flees persecution in Myanmar and tries to make a new life in Malaysia.
Kathijah, or “Kat” to friends and family, is fictional. But what you see in the app are very real struggles for Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic minority that has faced discrimination and persecution in Myanmar for years. The app’s goal is to spread awareness, create empathy, and galvanize action around the global refugee crisis overall. Read more…