White Helmets Rescued from Syria


This week, close to one-hundred White Helmets – a group of courageous volunteers that risked their lives undertaking dangerous rescue missions in areas of Syria recently bombed by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces – were evacuated from Syria thanks to a humanitarian mission coordinated by Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Jordan, and Israel. 

Indeed, these heroes of humanity – who saved more than 100,000 lives embodying the Talmudic idiom, ‘to save one life is to save all of humanity’ – needed saving themselves as fears mounted that the White Helmets besieged in southwest Syria would be killed in retribution by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.  

The RWCHR helped coordinate this imperative humanitarian rescue mission by contacting and mobilizing officials in Israel who, due to the state’s geographical location, were needed to make the mission feasible. 

Thanks to the efforts of all parties involved, the White Helmets and their families have arrived safely in Canada, Germany, and elsewhere ready to begin their new lives. 

On behalf of the RWCHR, the international community, and all of humanity, we thank the White Helmets – heroes of humanity, indeed – for embodying the compassion to care and the courage to act needed as we set out in search of a better world.