Tue, 25 Feb



The Humanitarian Reality in Idlib, In-person Conversation with Ra'ed Saleh (Head of White)

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The Humanitarian Reality in Idlib, In-person Conversation with Ra'ed Saleh (Head of White)

Time & Location

25 Feb 2020, 19:00 – 20:30 GMT

WC1H 0XG, SOAS university, The main building (Paul Webley Wing), Room RG01 London WC1H 0XG

About the Event


The Syrian British Council is an organisation for Syrians, British nationals and UK-based international citizens who are committed to the establishment of a free and democratic Syria.   United in our shared values of democracy and universal human rights, we work with our many partners to shape British government policy towards achieving this aim.

Since December, Assad regime and its allies have launched an unprecedented offensive on the last opposition strongholds in northwestern Syria, a home of nearly 3.5 million population. The Syrian regime, supported by Russia, has been able to take over large areas and many towns in the region. This offensive has resulted so far in the displacement of 800,000 persons and more than 2,500 deaths with what have been described as a systematic targeting of hospitals and civilian infrastructure. Residents of northwest Syria are mostly those who opposed the Syrian regime with many who were already forced out of their homes from other parts in Syria including Eastern Ghouta, Aleppo and Daraa. Considering these difficult humanitarian conditions, there are many civil organizations that are working hard to save lives, among them the Syria Civil Defence, the White Helmets.

On Tuesday 25 February, 19:00 at – the Syrian British Council is hosting a public discussion with Ra’ed Al Saleh, the head of the Syria Civil Defence, The White Helmets, to discuss the humanitarian reality in Idlib and the efforts made by the organization to respond to this humanitarian situation. The discussions will touch on the different scenarios that civilians in Idlib might face considering the new developments in the region. We will also discuss the options available for civil society actors, aid workers and human rights defenders under these circumstances. 


About Syria Civil Defence

Established in 2014, the organisation came to respond to the bombing, civilians evacuation and essential humanitarian aid. In April 2018, the organisation reported that it had helped more than 114,000 lives, with 204 White Helmet volunteers losing their lives in the process. The mission of the White Helmets is “to save the greatest number of lives in the shortest amount of time and to minimize further injury to people and damage to property.”

SBC is honoured to host the Director of the Syria Civil Defense to discuss the humanitarian situation in Idlib.

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