'White Helmets' Syrian Rescue Workers Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

The group includes ordinary people from different walks of life, such as former tailors, bakers and teachers who risk their lives every day to save thousands others.

Amid the death and destruction in Syria, there are a lot of selfless heroes in Syria who are toiling, day and night, risking their lives to save thousands of people.

Formed in 2013, the White Helmets, a group of unarmed search and rescue volunteers, has saved 60,000 lives — and counting  in the war-ravaged country.

Nearly 132 members have been killed in the line of duty.

Although much of their work is overshadowed by the devastation caused by the war, the services of the White Helmets have received a tribute in the form of a nomination for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

“The White Helmets' motto is taken from the Quran: 'to save a life is to save all of humanity,'” the group writes on its website. “In a conflict where too many have chosen violence, the White Helmets wake up everyday to save the lives others are trying so hard to take.”

The nomination comes nearly a week after Khaled Omar Harrah, the volunteer who famously saved “the Miracle Baby” buried for 16 hours under rubble, was killed in an airstrike.



"If I die saving lives I think God would definitely consider me a martyr," Harrah told Vocativ after the 2014 rescue.

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