White Helmets Credit: Syrian Civil Defense
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It looks like a sandstorm has blown in, the air thick with dust as a white van screeches to a halt and volunteers from Syria's "White Helmets" dash in to help dazed survivors after an airstrike in Aleppo. In life before the war these volunteers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, were ordinary citizens, from bakers to teachers to painters. Many of the volunteers train across the border in Turkey before deploying to one of the 114 centers dotted across Syria, including in the besieged areas, the exact location of which remain undisclosed as they have received death threats.With huge parts of Syria flattened, rescue workers say part of the challenge lies in finding a hospital for the wounded.In London recently, Saleh delivered a speech at a Syria donor conference to world leaders and non-government organizations.
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