Syrian Nobel Peace Prize nominees the White Helmets in Vancouver for PeaceTalk
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.
Further details of the event can be found here.