Maisoun Almasri, a member of the White Helmets.

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Syrian Nobel Peace Prize nominees the White Helmets in Vancouver for PeaceTalk

April 05, 2018
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On Thursday, Apr. 5 at 6 p.m., Simon Fraser University International and PeaceGeeks will host a PeaceTalk with the White Helmets at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

The PeaceTalk, a speaker series focusing on peace, human rights, and technology, will feature a brief video introduction to the White Helmets’ work followed by a moderated discussion with three frontline members of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated group.

The White Helmets, officially known as Syria Civil Defence, is a volunteer organization that actively conducts urban search and rescue of civilians injured by bombings or trapped under the rubble of destroyed buildings in Syria.

Formerly shopkeepers, bakers, teachers and ordinary citizens, these unarmed volunteers have saved over 100,000 lives since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising in 2011, earning them Nobel Peace Prize nominations in 2016 and 2017.

A recent documentary film about the White Helmets also won the 2017 Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

Tickets are free or by donation and available on Eventbrite here. All proceeds will go towards the White Helmets. The event will also be available for viewing online here.

Further details of the event can be found here.