Amid the destruction and chaos caused by the devastating earthquake in Turkey-Syria, a heartwarming rescue mission by the White Helmets has provided a glimmer of hope, as a young Syrian girl and her family were pulled from the rubble after 40 hours trapped.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, the video below was captured by Syrian journalist and activist Karam Kellieh on Tuesday in Haram, a city in the Idlib province.
The video shows how a young girl dressed in a pink jacket with a long braid, is rescued from the rubble and greeted with cheers, applause, and shouts of “God is great”. The crowd passes the girl along, followed by another young boy and girl, as rescue workers carry a smiling man out on a stretcher. Hands reach out from all around to touch this family, who, after 40 hours under the rubble, have emerged alive.
In the video below, you can witness another heartwrenching rescue of the When the bombs rain down, the White Helmets (also known as the Syria Civil Defence) rush in. In a place where public services no longer function, these humanitarian volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need – regardless of their religion or politics. in Syria.
Miracles are repeated and voices embrace the sky again.— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) February 8, 2023
Moments filled with joy as the child Karam was rescued from the ruins of a destroyed house in the village of Armanaz in the countryside of #Idlib, #Syria on the first day of the #earthquake. pic.twitter.com/eec9Ws91kn
Mr. Fred Rogers, the beloved American television personality, once said “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’
Amid the destruction and chaos caused by the earthquake, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and feel hopeless. However, by focusing on the helpers – the rescue workers, volunteers, and good Samaritans who are working tirelessly to aid those in need – we can find hope and inspiration in the face of adversity. More inspiration by Mr Fred Rogers can be found in this article.