Using the Web to Reunite Refugees

Still, the challenges facing the Web site seem immense. Internet access for refugees is one. While many have access to the Internet, as many others do not. The Mikkelsens are hoping to encourage major computer conglomerates to donate computer equipment to refugee camps and soon plan to launch a pilot project in South America. They are also working on mobile platforms so the site can be accessed from mobile phones.

But the greatest challenge remains that of attracting enough members so that reunification can become more than just a remote possibility. Though they don't track their members, "hundreds" of people have already signed up, says Christopher. "That's not a big number in the Internet world," he says unflinchingly. "But if you ask people in the refugee world, that is huge. If we can just unite that number of people, we would be a great success."

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