Translators Without Borders: recently called on to help with communications in the refugee crisis
Translators without Borders, founded by Lexcelera, is the world’s largest humanitarian translation charity. It has recently been called on to help with communications in the refugee crisis.
In a crisis, sometimes a word in the right language can make all the difference. For Translators without Borders, that word is “Welcome”.
Language might not be the first issue people associate with European refugees. And yet those who survive the perilous journey by sea often do not have the Greek or English language skills to ask where they have landed or where they can find dry clothes and shelter for themselves and their children.
That is why Translators without Borders is making sure that the first word the refugees see and understand is Welcome. Therefore, to make this possible and to ensure better communication on the ground, it has set up virtual Rapid Response Teams of translators for Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Greek, Pashto, and Urdu.
As the refugees move north to escape the wars and other dangers they left behind, Translators without Borders continues to provide language support by participating in innovative programs sponsored by Google, the Red Cross and the UN High Commission for Refugees.