10 February 2017
Book Launch: "A Hope More Powerful than the Sea"
Friday, 10 February 2017, 13:00 - 14:00
UNOG Library Events Room B-135
Palais des Nations, Geneva
|In her new book "A Hope More Powerful than the Sea" (Borough Press, UK/Flatiron), Melissa Fleming tells the true story of Syrian refugee Doaa al-Zamel who, still in her teens, flees her country only to find herself caught in a nightmare at sea, herself responsible for two children not her own. Her fiancé, who was on the same boat along with 500 others, did not survive.|
As Head of communication at UNHCR, Fleming has been witness to hundreds of harrowing stories. She chose to write about the perilous voyage of Doaa to encourage more people to see refugees as individuals rather than numbers, or immigration threats. Doaa’s story is a stark reminder that no one should die trying to reach safety, and a timely return on the subject of the global refugee crisis and the tragedy of millions of Syrians today.
Melissa Fleming will be the guest of our Library to present her book in a debate with UNOG Director-General Michael Møller, followed by questions and answers with the audience.
About the author: Melissa Fleming joined the UN after a career in Europe as a public affairs specialist. In 2008 she was appointed Head of Communications Service and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR. She has been senior advisor and spokesperson for UN Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres, since October 2016 and is now appointed as Director for Strategic Communications in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General .
For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 10 February 2017.