Newhouse alumna shares stories from Syrian refugees in Greece

By Wendy S. Loughlin

January 23, 2017
Photo of Anjali Alwis

Alumna Anjali Alwis ’16 spent the summer of 2016 working at a Syrian refugee camp in Thessaloniki, Greece.

She became interested in the work after her mother, a physician, joined the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) on a medical mission to Jordan in November 2015. “The more she talked about the work she was doing and the impact—albeit small and individual—that she was having, the more I felt the calling to this humanitarian issue,” says Alwis. She accompanied her mother on her second SAMS mission, in Greece.

While there, Alwis, a television, radio and film graduate, put together an hour-long audio piece to share the stories of four residents of the camp, interwoven with first-hand accounts from doctors and volunteers working at the camp. Her goal for the story: “I hope [it] humanizes the refugee crisis.”


While working at the camp, Alwis also created a media policy for SAMS to help guide employees and volunteers on posting online content.

Alwis, a native of Montgomery, New Jersey, is now working on developing an app with three Syracuse University seniors—Rose Cote, Patty Terhune and Rachel Gilbert. The group hopes to create a platform for refugees to search for work, aid programs and organizations that could make resettlement easier.

Having graduated last month, Alwis is looking for a job in production.

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