Haitham Al Maleh is preparing himself to be the next Syrian president, but he says he’s also number one on the Syrian regime’s hitlist for assassination.
Al Maleh is a leading figure in Syria’s opposition, known as the country’s father of human rights, who’s spent many years in prison for his work.
Yaara Bou Melhem gets close-up access to him in exile in Cairo, as he works to arm and finance the Free Syrian Army in its fight against the Assad regime and its violent crackdown on opposition.
But at the age of 81 and constantly fearing for his life, will he ever see a free Syria?
WATCH - Click to see Yaara's story, which subsequently won a United Nations Australia Media Peace Award in October 2012.
BLOG - Yaara writes for the Dateline blog about the huge task ahead for Haitham Al Maleh and Syria's opposition.
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Photo (Syrian flag): AAP
On air: 27th March 2012