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I lead communications for the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). For my job, I travel to war zones and refugee camps to give voice to the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes. I told one remarkable refugee story on the TED stage: https://go.ted.com/CLTR about an extraordinary young Syrian woman who, with the baby she saved, was one of the only survivors of a boat wreck that killed 500 refugees, including her fiancé. My book on the story, "A Hope More Powerful than the Sea": hopemorepowerful.com, will be published in January.

I grew up in Marblehead, Mass. and have spent my adult life in Europe working for international organizations that promote refugee protection, nuclear safety and non-proliferation, democrac
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Extract from my book, A Hope More Powerful than the Sea on Doaa's harrowing, miraculous journey from Syria to Europe.

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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
"Wow. That is the word that still echoes in my head a half hour after reading her story.

Deep sadness. That is the feeling in my heart for what Doaa and her family and loved ones had to endure.

Anger. That is what wells up in my throat at people who..." Read more of this review »
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
"I encourage everyone to read this powerful story of hope and survival. "
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“By the end of 2014, UNHCR would record close to 60 million forcibly displaced people, 8 million more than in the previous year. Half of those were children. Every day that year, on average, 42,500 people became refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced, a fourfold increase in just four years.”
Melissa Fleming, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

“She had lost the most precious person in her life and she wanted to die with him. She imagined letting herself slip through the inflatable ring and into the sea with Bassem. But then she felt Malak’s tiny arms around her neck and realized that she alone was responsible for this child (206)”
Melissa Fleming, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

“The shy girl who had once feared change now felt driven to be part of a revolution (Fleming 38)”
Melissa Fleming, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (Young Readers' Edition): One Teen Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

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