Featured Peacebuilding Group: Syrian Civil Defence (White Helmets)

I’m just returning from the March Coastal Promise Field Simulation in Florida.  I will be posting later this week about the event. The three and a half day experience is designed to prepare aspiring professionals for working in complex emergencies including war situations.  One of my Forage Center board members who was with us is an ICRC delegate and will be deploying to Syria in a few weeks.   I’ve featured the International Committee of the Red Cross before as a Featured Peacebuilding Group, so this week I wanted to share about another group working in Syria: the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets.   This group of some 3,000 mostly volunteers are the first responders after a bombing or attack on a  civilian area in Syria.  Nearly 160 members of the group have been killed since its founding in 2014.

The read more about their important and needed work, click here or below.

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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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