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About the White Helmets

When the bombs rain down, Syria Civil Defence rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function, these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need—regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets, these rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth.

As the conflict in Syria worsens, ordinary people are paying the highest price. More than 50 bombs and mortar rounds per day land on some neighbourhoods in Syria. Many are rusty barrels filled with nails and explosives rolled out the back of government helicopters. Bakeries and markets are the most commonly hit targets. When this happens, the White Helmets rush in to search for life in the rubble fully aware that more bombs may fall on the same site. These volunteers have saved some 73,530 lives—and this number is growing daily.

About the film

For five years, the headlines on Syria have been dominated by the heartbreaking and shocking news of the violent conflict, but now the spotlight is finally in its rightful place: on the incredible heroes of Syria. A new documentary entitled The White Helmets is available for streaming on Netflix.

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