White Helmets volunteers see Oscar as “support for their mission”
The Oscar that was awarded to The White Helmets, a documentary on Syrian volunteers who are civilian victims of the war to assist, according to the reddingsgroep see that people are their mission support.
Raed Saleh, head of the Syrian civil defence, gave on Monday a response on Twitter. “We are honored that The White Helmets an Oscar has received. But we are not happy to do what we do. We abhor the reality in which we live.”
Members of the reddingsgroep could not at the Oscar ceremony. There were a visa arranged, but Saleh was not able to work to lay down because of the large amount of air strikes of recent days. In addition, the passport of a cameraman and volunteer Khaled Khatib by the Syrian authorities blocked it.
The award-winning Netflix documentary, directed by the British Orlando van Einsiedel, follows volunteers in conducting rescue operations in Aleppo and during their training in Turkey. They are active in rebel-occupied areas in Syria, which are subject to the bombardments of the Syrian government and the Russian air force.
The Syrian government, under the leadership of president Bashar al-Assad, accused the group of being a front for Al-Qaeda and claimed that the group footage is faked. This would be for “propaganda purposes”.
The volunteers deny these allegations. They are pleased with the recognition that they now have for their work. “We hope that this film and the attention sure helps to make the world the bloodshed in Syria to stop,” said Saleh.