- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - CARE President and CEO Michelle Nunn says more help is needed for refugees caught in what she described as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Speaking at the Atlanta Press Club on Thursday, Nunn shared her insights on the Syrian refugee crisis and unveiled plans for a new social media campaign her organization will soon launch.

The refugees need jobs, basic resources and, in the long-term, hope for their children, Nunn said.

Secretary of State John Kerry has said the U.S. would increase the number of migrants it takes in over the next two years, with 85,000 refugees from around the world allowed in next year.

Their plight may also means an opportunity for Americans to welcome those refugees who end up in U.S. towns and cities, Nunn said.

About 4 million people have fled Syria after more than four years of civil war. Refugee agencies fear the crisis could worsen as winter approaches, and temperatures drop in areas where migrants are traveling and staying in makeshift camps.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees now predicts that 700,000 refugees and migrants will have traveled to Europe this year. The agency is seeking nearly $100 million to help handle the influx that has strained the European Union.

Nunn recently returned from Turkey and Jordan, where many refugees are staying.

“When I sat with families, they said ‘We literally don’t know how we’re going to make it through the winter,’” she said. “We are going to have a continued European migration crisis if we don’t support people to rebuild their lives and create some hope in the places where they are living.”

CARE, one of the world’s largest non-governmental aid organizations, is an acronym for Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere. Nunn became its president and CEO in July, after an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 2014.

In coming days, CARE plans to launch a social media campaign, asking people “what would you take?” if they had to suddenly leave their homes as refugees in Syria have, Nunn said. It will include pictures of refugee families and items they took, such as a diploma or a pet.

“So we’re saying ‘what would you take?’ and then ‘what would you give’ to support an individual or a family,” Nunn said.

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