Few outsiders have been allowed access to Syria to see first-hand the rebellion currently under way against the Assad Government.
But just days after the death of Gaddafi in Libya, Mark Davis presents a special edition of Dateline from Damascus with a rare look at both sides of Syria's uprising.
After the deaths of an estimated 3,000 protesters and troops in violent clashes, we have a report from French journalist Sofia Amara, who worked in secret with the leaders of the uprising to get an insight into the protests.
She hears of human rights abuses and sees for herself the injuries received in the government’s crackdown on dissent.
Mark reports from the streets of Damascus, getting the views of local people as they try to go about their daily lives.
And in a special interview for Dateline, Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmad Arnous answers critics of the regime.
WATCH - part one of the program containing Sofia Amara's report is no longer available for copyright reasons, but you can still view part two containing Mark Davis's report and interview with Ahmad Arnous. The transcript of part one and part two is also still available.
ARAB UPRISINGS - Get the latest on Gaddafi's death and the implications for the rest of the Arab world from SBS's World News Australia.
INTERACTIVE - Use our interactive guide to find out more about the protests across the Middle East and North Africa.
REPLAY - Dateline's February story on Syria's protests, Freedom's Call, has just won a UN Media Peace Award for video journalist Yaara Bou Melhem. Click to replay it.
On air: 23rd October 2011