Deadly Intrigue The Story of the Destruction of an Aid Organization

James Le Mesurier founded the organization that raised money for the White Helmets in the Syrian war. An intrigue drove the emergency foundation to ruin – and Le Mesurier to his death.
James Le Mesurier: He registered the Mayday Rescue Foundation in 2013 to train volunteers for civilian protection in Syria. The news of his death in 2019 spread rapidly around the world.

James Le Mesurier: He registered the Mayday Rescue Foundation in 2013 to train volunteers for civilian protection in Syria. The news of his death in 2019 spread rapidly around the world.

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Syria's White Helmets saving someone in the village of Benin.

Syria's White Helmets saving someone in the village of Benin.

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Syria's White Helmets pulling a child out of rubble in Idlib in 2019.

Syria's White Helmets pulling a child out of rubble in Idlib in 2019.

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Damage from an air strike in Idlib in February 2020.

Damage from an air strike in Idlib in February 2020.

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James Le Mesurier: The news of his death caused significant consternation in northern Syria.

James Le Mesurier: The news of his death caused significant consternation in northern Syria.

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A member of the White Helmets next to a body bag in Idlib Province.

A member of the White Helmets next to a body bag in Idlib Province.

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White Helmets in Idlib Province, 2021

White Helmets in Idlib Province, 2021

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