Syria’s White Helmets prize miracles of life from earthquake rubble – BBC Newsnight

Some of the numbers attached to the horrors of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria are hard to comprehend. More than 11,000 people are now known to have died, a number that will rise dramatically.

According to the United Nations that death toll is likely to include several thousand children.

More than eight thousand people have been rescued from debris and more than 380,000 are seeking shelter in government facilities, community buildings or hotels.

Much of the focus has been on the remarkable rescue efforts in Turkey, a country facing a three month state of emergency, but much less can be known of the exact scale of the crisis in Syria – a place much harder to access, which is still suffering the painful scarring of more than a decade of war.

Newsnight’s Mark Urban looks at the situation in Syria and the volunteers who are trying to save lives there.

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