Help Refugees Thrive, Not Just Survive TED Talk October 2014 Melissa Fleming works with the UN’s High Commission on Refugees. Drawing on anecdotal stories from Syria, Sudan and Somalia, she makes the case for investing more resources in these refugee camps, specifically in the area of education. The typical refugee is in one of these camps for 17 years. These years are many times “lost” focusing on basic survival. Fleming says we should use this time more productively. She believes the refugees hold the keys to peace and need to be equipped to break the cycles of violence that have produced 50 million refugees. If you care abut refugees and their future potential, I encourage you to watch this TED Talk. You will get a few sobering statistics and be inspired concerning both the threat and possibilities present in the refugee camps. Perhaps we can dream together on ways to help the next generations.