Ever since the civil war started in Syria 6 years ago the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White helmets has saved close to 80 000 lives. They are the ones that run against the bombs, not away from them. The Syrian Civil Defense was founded in late 2012 in the rebel-held cities Aleppo and Idlib after the Syrian army started bombing residential areas in the cities. The only thing the Syrian Civil Defense wants is to wake up one day and be out of a job.
There have been numerous attempts from pro-Assad people to discredit their work. The latest attempt comes from the Swedish doctors for human rights. The chairman claims that the White Helmets are conducting malpractice and that the bombings are fake. If the shelling is fake, how do he explain all the dead children? This is not a new strategy from the pro-Assad propaganda machine. Over the years there has been published fake pictures and fake “news”. But the efforts of the pro-Assad propaganda machine has not paid off the way Assad had hoped. Thanks to the social media the atrocities made by the Syrian Army is known all over the world and most people do no longer believe the lies of Assad and his thugs.
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The White Helmets are continuously rescuing women, men and children from their bombed homes, Assad and his allies are bombing at night to make sure that they kill whole families. It is a shame that the White Helmets’ tireless work are smeared by these lies. According to The Economist، approximately one in six SCD have been killed or badly wounded, "many by “double-tap” Russian and Syrian airstrikes on the same site as they search for bodies." SCD has grown to be an organization of over 3,000 volunteers operating from 111 local civil defense centers across 8 provincial directorates (Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Damascus, Damascus Countryside, and Daraa).
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The SCD is the only help the civilian population can rely on in the rebel-held areas. They are the only rescue service helping the civilians. The reason they are labeled terrorists is because Assad claims they are, he has convinced parts of the world that he is the good guy and the freedom seekers are terrorists and he has the right to kill them all. In the later months, there has been evidence of torture and executions in Assad’s prisons that are of such character that they are extremely graphic.
|four-month-old Wahida rescued out of the rubble in Idlib|
There have been civilians detained that have just disappeared from all records. In Aleppo there were 900 civilians that were detained by the regime and Assad’s allies the IRGC, these hostages are still unaccounted for, no one knows where they are. In Eastern Aleppo, the IRGC conducted genocide and the ones that tried to save the victims by risking their own lives were the White Helmets. It is time to set the record straight and side with truth and justice and give our unconditional support to the freedom fighters of Syria and the rescuers The White Helmets. Long live the Syrian revolution.