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A TRANSLATOR IN YOUR POCKET: APP AIMS TO BRIDGE REFUGEES’ LANGUAGE GAP

Serbia migrants daily life

Atif Javed and his cofounders wanted to launch Tarjimly, a Facebook Messenger app that connects volunteer translators with refugees, late last year during the crisis in Aleppo. (Tarjimly means “translate for me” in Arabic.)

But it wasn’t ready yet. The five Muslim-American college friends, who met at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), had little time to work on the project outside of their full-time jobs. Two of them now live in the Middle East, and Javed and the other two cofounders work in Silicon Valley. They are the typical “techies in the Bay Area,” he says.

Then, in late January, the group saw relatives and friends detained at U.S. airports (as a result of Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration) struggle to communicate in English. They couldn’t wait to launch the app any longer….to read more about it click here.


Article originally found in The IEO Insider from February 24, 2017.

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