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My Life as a Refugee: An app about the hardships refugees deal with

Every minute, eight people are forced to flee their homes to escape war. It's a reality that's unimaginable to many, but now there's an app, designed to inform people about these hardships. It's called 'My Life as a Refugee.' ; The app sheds light on different social challenges people face around the globe. There's 27 year old Merita. She is married and is expecting a child. Then, there's 15 year old Paulo, the eldest of four brothers. Amika is a 24 year old mother of two. Users can choose one of the characters to try and experience their reality. ; It asks questions like whether or not one should leave their home or stay despite the dangers, which sometimes turn deadly. These are the situations that are posed to users on a day to day basis. ; It's an app to remind users of the hardships refugees face and if only for a minute, to put themselves in their shoes. The app, which is being launched by the UN, is free and available in English for iOS and Android. MPI/KLH ; UNHCR JM -PR Up: GRT