Civil war in Syria, especially in Aleppo, has been one of the biggest themes of this year. And it's been the image of these men, volunteers wearing their white helmets, rescuing children and adults from the rebel of bombed out buildings, has been one of the most impacted images of this year.
Last month I interview the head of the White Helmets how came from Syria to Stockholm to receive what is called the Right Livelihood Award, or is more generally known as the Swedish Alternative Nobel Prize. He warned about the problems Aleppo was facing only days away. And as we saw the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo only got worse as the city fell to the pro-government forces.
Officially, they're known as the Syrian Civil Defense, there's more than 1,000 of them. They say they've rescued 72,000 victims of bombings over the last two years. More of a hundred of the actually White Helmets have been killed, they say, in bombing while actually trying to rescue people from these bombings.
Over the last year especially there has been a documentary about them and there's been a lot on the news. The Asad regime accuses them of being sympathetic or inline with the rebels. They're funded by the US government and some funds by the British government has created controversy. But generally their image aw shown by the award that's been given to them has highlighted, really, how much of a bona fide organization that they're seen from outside Syria.
Some thousands of people looking into the war, feeling helpless and seeing these people doing something.