Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets are doing the toughest job in the Syria Conflict. They have carried out rescue operations in an environment, where air strikes keep haunting people.
Helmets have also pulled 62,000 people alive from smashed and burning buildings often with bombing still going on. The cost to them has been heavy: 145 dead and 430 injured out of 3,000.
The arrival of the White Helmets, who were first trained in Turkey and subsequently inside Syria, has undoubtedly boosted victims' chances of staying alive. A critically acclaimed documentary about their work is about to be released by Netflix.
The group has been awarded the Right Livelihood Award – described as the “alternative Nobel Prize” for human rights work. They have now been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the winner of which will be announced on Friday