This powerful video is from the Syria Campaign in which, Khaled Farah, a Syrian volunteer rescue worker recounts one rescue he’ll never forget. It is the miraculous rescue of a baby beneath a collapsed building following a barrel bomb attack.
It is a moving example of what The White Helmets do in Syria. They are the first responders on the front lines in Northern Syria. Some neighbourhoods in Syria are attacked by more than 50 barrel bombs and mortars a day. When these bombs drop, the White Helmets rush in to search for life in the rubble.
The volunteers save people on all sides of the conflict, pledging commitment to the principles of “Humanity, Solidarity, Impartiality” as outlined by the International Civil Defence Organisation.
Imad, a member of the Syrian Civil Defence said, “Members of our civil defence centre help all people who need them, regardless of their gender, age, background. Religious or national identity of people we help doesn’t matter for us. Our job is purely humanitarian, nothing else. When we respond to catastrophes, we only care about rescuing people as quickly as we can. We don’t ask questions, we just help.”
The video is part of the petition campaign imploring governments to fund the “White Helmets” with the basic equipment they need to continue providing rescue support.