Middle East In Syrian conflict, women rescuers are saving lives and changing minds

More Syrian women are working as first-responders in rebel-held areas. Trained in emergency medical care and search and rescue operations, they are winning over conservative Syrians by playing a nontraditional role in the conflict. 

By , Correspondent

Majed Al-Hamwi / Courtesy of Syria Civil Defense

Braving a steady rain of bombs in rebel-held areas of Syria, women are quietly proving their mettle as rescue workers and inspiring others to join them in the grueling task of saving lives. Three all-women teams are now part of the “White Helmets,” or civil defense units, in Aleppo City and Idlib Province, two strongholds of anti-regime resistance.