Fleeing Syria: Special Report by Phoebe Zerwick

Posted on: September 8, 2014

Phoebe Zerwick, Associate Teaching Professor in the Writing Program and former Journal reporter, traveled to the Middle East in June. She shares stories of Syria in a Winston Salem Journal special report, Fleeing Syria.

“This month’s headlines out of the Middle East have focused on the U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Iraq and on the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. But the civil war in Syria, now in its fourth year, rages on. Nearly 3 million Syrians have crossed the border into neighboring countries to flee a brutal civil war, now in its fourth year. The daily exodus makes this one of the largest forced migrations of people since World War II. Phoebe Zerwick, Associate Professor of the Practice at Wake Forest University and a former Journal reporter, traveled to the Middle East in June with a group of college professors organized by the Council on International Educational Exchange to study the Syrian refugee crisis. Without traveling to Syria, it’s difficult to confirm details in the stories she heard. Our goal was to cut through the political rhetoric and find the stories that would give meaning to the unfathomable. The United Nations says it will resettle 130,000 Syrians over the next three years, some in the United States. Today’s story is about how the Triad has become a home for refugees from the Middle East. It focuses on the challenges and triumphs refugees find when they start over here in North Carolina.”

Phoebe will be sharing more about her experience Thursday on the blog.

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