As head of communications and chief spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming ’86 has been immersed in the Syrian refugee crisis. Her team brings the plight of millions of Syrians fleeing the civil war to the public consciousness. UNHCR leads and coordinates the aid response for millions of refugees in the area who need shelter, food, and medical aid.
In an interview for the alumni magazine, Fleming was asked how Americans can best respond: “It is important to let your government representatives know you support putting an end to the war in Syria, helping the victims through resettlement to the U.S., and increased funding for the humanitarian organizations operating in the regions.”
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