UNHCR, Malaysian firm launch mobile app on refugee struggle
Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Malaysia Richard Towle, left, and Executive Creative Director of GREY Malaysia, Graham Drew, right, shows the application "Finding Home" on their phones during a launch at the UNHCR headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (AP / Daniel Chan)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:45AM EDT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The UN refugee agency and a Malaysian firm have launched an interactive smartphone application aimed at raising public awareness and empathy about the worldwide struggle of refugees.
The "Finding Home" mobile application was developed by advertising firm Grey Malaysia. It is based on the fictional story of a Myanmar Muslim teenager forced to flee her homeland and her struggle to survive in Malaysia.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative Richard Towles said Tuesday that the application will let users "walk a mile in a refugee's shoes in order to understand what they go through every day in order to find safety."
The UNHCR says there are more than 150,000 asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia. About 36,000 of them are below the age of 18.