Newhouse alumna shares stories from Syrian refugees in Greece
By Wendy S. LoughlinJanuary 23, 2017
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.