Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Meets with Syria Civil Defense White Helmets

Apr 26, 2017
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Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) met with members of the Syria Civil Defense (SCD), also known as the White Helmets. Mounir Mustafa, deputy head of the SCD, Jehad Mahameed, liaison officer of the SCD, and Manal Abazeed, SCD volunteer, are three of the more than 3,000 volunteers that provide emergency medical assistance to civilians caught in Syria’s civil war. The SCD is a neutral and impartial organization dedicated to serving the people of Syria. Volunteers are unarmed and pledge to help anyone in need, regardless of religion or politics.

“In the face of daily airstrikes and chemical weapons attacks on Syrian civilians, Mounir, Jehad, Manal, and other members of the White Helmets run towards crisis and disaster to offer help to the thousands of Syrians who have been injured, maimed and killed during this civil war,” Brooks said. “They believe in their country and in building a brighter future for the Syrian people. Their service in the face of danger and unspeakable horrors is more than inspiring. It is a call to action. We must stand with the White Helmets to prevent further atrocities, like the chemical weapons attack that struck Khan Sheikhoun earlier this month, from killing more innocent men, women and children.”

Since the founding of the SCD in 2013, over 170 White Helmet volunteers have made the “ultimate sacrifice” while working to save their people and country. In that same timeframe, the White Helmets have saved over 90,922 lives in Syria. That is the greatest number of lives saved in such a short period of time. A Netflix documentary about the White Helmets won Best Documentary Short at the 2017 Oscars.