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US approves financial aid for White Helmets mission in Syria

The United States is providing $4.5 million in aid to the Syria Civil Defense in opposition-held areas to support the group's role in helping victims and their families.
A Civil Defence member rolls a cigarette in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, Syria December 8, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail - RC153EB0CE80
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ALEPPO, Syria — Maysa Nader has many responsibilities as a wife and mother of three, yet she makes time to volunteer in the Syria Civil Defense — the White Helmets — in the areas under opposition control in Aleppo province. Nader seems adept at balancing her familial and volunteer demands, with her family's support.

Each morning, she told Al-Monitor, she heads to the White Helmets center in Atareb. Nader, 25, is one of more than 200 women who volunteer in Idlib, Hama, Aleppo and Latakia provinces.

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