'The White Helmets' grabs Oscar for best short documentary

Members of the White Helmets group could not attend the Oscar awards ceremony in Los Angeles because of passport issues and air strikes in Syria.

Photo by: TRT World
Photo by: TRT World

Raed Saleh, the head of the White Helmets, decided that none of the group members would attend the Oscars awards ceremony there was too much work to be done - with air strikes continuing in Syria.

A film about a group of volunteers called the Syrian Civil Defence - better known as the White Helmets -  has won the Oscars award for Best Short Documentary.

The White Helmets is the moving story of the group of volunteers who follow the bombs in Aleppo - trying to save civilian lives trapped by the war in Syria.  

TRT World's Abubakr al Shamahi reports from the group's offices in Gaziantep near the Turkey-Syria border.


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